Noida: Residents of Amrapali Zodiac fear building collapse amid waterlogging

Photo: Avishek Dubey
Posted: Jul 27, 2018

The heavy rains in the last two days have caused lots of waterlogging in the high rise societies. As a result, the residents are having a tough time negotiating the situation. They struggled with power cuts, truncated water supply etc.

Contrary to the popular belief that high rises have the best of facilities and infrastructure, many societies have witnessed severe waterlogging in the basements. At some places, there is waterlogging of 3-4ft.

A prominent residential society, Amrapali Zodiac in Sector-120, saw water accumulation of 2ft at the basement. At some places, the parked cars were half drowned. Apart from the basement, other parts of the society are also drowned.

Joginder Singh, a resident of Amrapali Zodiac told City Spidey that Basement-2 is still full of water. “There is no arrangement to clear the water and due to storage of water, the pillar has become weak and it will also affect the structure of the tower,” he added.

Singh also alleged that the builder covered the Noida Authority’s drain in order to construct the entry and exit points of the society's market. This illegal coverage is a big cause of flooding inside the society. The coverage affected the cleaning work of the drain.

“Yesterday there was no electricity in the society from 8 am to 6 pm. It affected the lift operations,” he added.

Singh added that he wrote a letter to the city magistrate on July 25 for the structure audit so that residents should know whether they are safe in this society or not.

“Anyone can make out the poor construction work in the basement. The reinforcement steels bars are visible in several areas whether it is a slab bottom or beam bottom. These exposed reinforced steel bars are prone to rusting in the presence air and water,” said Singh.

“Due to poor treatment of construction joints and poor waterproofing work by the builder, most of the basement area has witnessed heavy leakage especially in towers- C, D, E, F, J, H, S, T, U, V and W. They are also in the adjoining area of swimming pool,” Singh said in his letter to the city magistrate.

“Due to the continuous leakage in these areas, reinforcement steel bars are getting rusted and ultimately resulting into the deterioration of the capacity of the structure,” Singh said. City Magistrate wrote a letter to the Noida Authority to take action on the builder and resolve all the issues of the society.

An official of Noida Authority said that they did not receive any letter yet but if they receive it then they will take proper action.

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