Pooling in
Pooling in
Abid Hussain Barlaskar
Pooling in
Photo: Samrat Roy
Pooling in

They say good things come to those who wait. Some of us, however, will just go ahead and make those good things happen.

Residents of Shipra Krishna Vista took the initiative to complete a swimming pool and start work on a clubhouse, amenities not provided by the builder. Thanks to the residents and their newly elected AOA, the 950-household society in Ahinsa Khand I, Indirapuram, now has a swimming pool of its own, right on time to bring residents some relief from the heat.

Residents said that the Shipra group had handed over an incomplete society to the RWA in 2010. 

Construction work was carried out under the AOA's initiative, "Mission Completion". The pool sits atop the society's main parking lot. For now, residents can take free trials of the pool, but only till April 20. "Schedules and charges will be finalised after consulting with residents," said Deepak Jalan, vice-president of the AOA.

 

Residents admire the pool at the inauguration

 

The pool is 4.5 ft deep and can hold 4 lakh litres of double-filtered water. The entire of Rs 60 lakh was borne by residents, with Rs 40 lakh dedicated to the pool and the remaining 20 lakh to the clubhouse.

The new swimming pool and clubhouse were inaugurated on Friday by Ashu Verma, mayor of Ghaziabad. Residents took the opportunity to request his help in the pending issues of the society, namely the development of parks, playgrounds, badminton and tennis courts and an amphitheatre.

"We still need another 70 to 80 lakh to develop the club and about Rs 15 crore for the entire society," said Arun Rai, president of the AOA. "The builder did not give us playgrounds, parks, generators and lifts in some towers. Even the painting is not complete in many places."

The mayor, on his part, assured residents that he would ensure completion certificates are awarded only after proper verification of new societies, so that such problems do not arise in future. However, he said that the municipal corporation was only responsible for maintenance and would not be able to help out in overall development. "I will speak to the respective departments, however, and try to ensure that the problems residents are facing are solved," Verma added.