Miffed with the negligent attitude of Uttar Pradesh Avas Vikas Parishad (Ghaziabad division), the residents of Ganga-Yamuna Hindon Apartments in Pratap Vihar gheraoed the parishad officials on Saturday, demanding regular upkeep of lifts, adequate security guards and a working power back-up system.
The residents camped at the parishad’s office for over four hours and demanded a meeting with the officer-in-charge of the area. “Even after spending lakhs of money, we are living in a society which is in such a bad state," said Avishek Singh, a resident.
After hours of persuasion, the residents finally met with Joint Commissioner Mahendra Prasad and apprised him of the problems faced by the society.
“The lifts in the society aren’t working properly. Every other day, there is a breakdown. Their annual maintenance contract (AMC) expired long back. Even the rescue devices and SOS installed in lifts aren’t working,” Singh said.
Recently, a resident along with his wife and a four-year-old kid were stuck in the lift for over an hour. “They couldn't even call for help as SOS is not operable. Both the kid and wife fell unconscious during the incident,” he said.
The residents also complained about faulty solar panels, inadequate security guards and inefficient power back-up system.
After the meeting, Prasad said that he will forward all the complaints to Ajay Chauhan, chairman of Housing Development Board. But this did not seem to convince the residents.
The residents said that they had already met Prasad in August last year but it wasn’t of any help. “He had promised us a lot of things but nothing was done,” Singh said.
Aggrieved residents said that they will surrender their flats if their issues are not addressed immediately. “We have no option left but to move somewhere else. We can’t live like this,” Singh said.
The Ganga-Yamuna Hindon Apartments is colonised under Siddharth Vihar Yojna of Avas Vikas Parishad, who currently looks after the maintenance of the society.