Potholes, blocked sewer drains worry New Ashok Nagar residents
Potholes, blocked sewer drains worry New Ashok Nagar residents
Praveen Dwivedi
Potholes, blocked sewer drains worry New Ashok Nagar residents
Photo: Praveen Dwivedi

Potholes, blocked sewer drains worry New Ashok Nagar residents

Residents of colonies along the Metro line from Noida Sector 15 to New Ashok Nagar and the daily commuters on the road encounter countless potholes and find the narrow, congested road further choked by illegal encroachments.

The road from one side (from New Ashok Nagar to Noida Sector 15) is blocked due to the construction of a new sewer line from an adjoining residential colony. This new line has to be connected to an existing sewage drain that leads to the Shahdara drain near East End Apartments.

Even after the laying of the sewer line was completed last week, a portion of the road that was dug up remains to be fixed.

The entire stretch is strewn with debris and has also become an illegal parking spot. The commuters going towards Noida from New Ashok Nagar Metro station are forced to drive their vehicles on the wrong side.

City Spidey was informed that DJB had given the tender for the sewer line to a private contractor, but he left the project unfinished.

A junior engineer (DJB, civil department) on condition of anonymity said, “The contractor left the project incomplete because he was not payed his dues by DJB.”

Mahender Tyagi, a resident of New Ashok Nagar, said, “The new sewer line is being constructed to provide a way for sewage disposal of over two lakh residents of New Ashok Nagar. But the work was left midway.”

As per the proposed plan, the DJB's maintenance department constructed this new sewer line, digging up the road opposite East End Apartments, but did not connect it with the existing sewer line. Moreover, the existing sewer line is already blocked. Tyagi said, “Only laying down the sewer pipe will not solve the problem. There has to be a way for the sewage to move. But the problem is that the existing sewage line to which this new line is to be connected is blocked.”

This is worrying residents of East End Apartments. BK Singh, president of East End Apartments said, said that the society’s sewer line is connected with the main sewage drain. “The society’s sewage tank is connected with the main sewage drain, and if the flow of main drain is blocked, as it now appears, it will be a big problem for us. In this case, the sewage will be forced back to our tank.”