Will it be a rerun of dengue outbreak this year too at Amrapali Silicon City?
Residents of Amrapali Silicon City in Sector 76, Noida, fear a rerun of dengue outbreak like last year — 40 cases were reported from the society alone! Waterlogging in the basement and an open drain in the society have provided the ideal conditions for breeding of mosquitoes.
But the developer and its maintenance team have conveniently turned a blind eye.
According to members of Silicon City Social Welfare Association, they had made a written complaint to the chief medical officer and district magistrate of Gautam Buddh Nagar to conduct an inspection of the site and take action against the builder in November 2017.
Residents said that a team from the CMO office came for the inspection and they also issued a notice to the builder to clean out all the water and make sure no waterlogging remained. But nothing happened after that, and no one from the CMO office revisited the society to check the progress of the work.
Neeraj Singh, a resident, complained, “The builder conveniently dumps sewer water in the vacant land meant for a park, leading to stagnating water.”
Rajender Pal, joint secretary of Silicon City Social Welfare Association, told City Spidey, “The standing water beside the society has become a breeding ground for mosquitoes. This is especially scary, as there have been more than 40 cases of dengue in the society last year alone.”
He also said the developer was required to construct two sewage treatment plants, but has constructed only one. “There’s no proper connection of the society drains, and the basement drain is also uncovered.”
Residents say the builder is unperturbed, despite several complaints from residents. And Noida Authority, too, hasn’t carried out fogging in a long time.
Surprisingly Shruti Verma, assistant medical officer, gave City Spidey a different version of events.
“I visited the society twice. After the first inspection, we issued a notice to the builder to resolve the problem within 15 days. We visited again after 15 days to check if the work has been done by the builder, and we found everything to be alright.”
But what about the standing water still there?
Verma answered, “The water has collected again. Residents will have to write to Noida Authority and the CMO’s office again. And they will carry out an inspection of the site, and take necessary action.”
She also conceded that Noida Authority should also take action on the builder for not taking the issue more seriously.
Water stagnating in the basement