The long pending issue of the construction of fire station inside Crossings Republik (CR) finally seems to be getting resolved.
In a meeting held at Ghaziabad’s DM office on Tuesday, Crossings Infrastructure Private Limited (CIPL), the collegium of developers of CR, was given an ultimatum to earmark land for the fire station within a week, failing which detailed project report (DPR) of the township will be cancelled.
The cancellation of DPR means all the underconstruction projects in the township will come to a halt.
The representatives from Ghaziabad Municipal Corporation (GMC), Ghaziabad Development Authority (GDA), district administration, CIPL and Indirapuram-based Federation of Apartments Owners Association (FedAOA) were present at the meeting.
After hours of discussion, DM Ritu Maheshwari reportedly asked VK Singh, officer on special duty (GDA) to cancel DPR of Crossings Republik if CIPL fails to earmark the minimum land required to build the fire station within a week.
Alok Kumar, president of FedAOA informed City Spidey that CIPL has promised in the meeting to earmark land of about 2,500-3,000 sq metres and notify DM by Tuesday next week. Cheering the move, Kumar said that the decision has come as a ray of hope for the CR residents who have been perpetually living in fear.
For the past three years, the residents, with the backing of FedAOA, have been demanding a fire station. FedAOA had even filed a PIL against CIPL and GDA in the High Court. After that, district administration had taken cognizance but passing the bucks game continued between CIPL, GDA and Nagar Nigam.
While GMC had refused to provide land for the fire station, CIPL cited failure on GDA’s part in procurement of the land and GDA again blamed CIPL for non-payment of fees against the procurement.
“Finally, there is a firm decision. However, I’m worried what would happen if CIPL again fails to provide the land,” commented Sanjay Jha, a resident of CR and secretary of FedAOA.
According to sources, district administration is planning to contact GMC as a backup plan if CIPL again falters. GMC has over 4,000 sq m land in Dundahera village, which can be used for constructing the fire station.
Crossings Republik, a privately-dwelled township, encapsulates more than 30 residential condominiums with a population of more than one lakh. Yet, there is no fire station in the vicinity. The residents claim that during the time of booking of the flats, CIPL had promised them with a fire station and a hospital nearby. Years later, the residents are still waiting for such promises to be fulfilled.
Summer and monsoon of 2018 saw dozens of fire-related incidents in CR. “The authorities and the builder are merely exchanging letters. The residents already know the background, but what’s the way ahead?” a resident commented. “What we have here is lack of intent rather than the paucity of space. So many illegal constructions have come up recently that weren’t mentioned in the DPR. The builder has both resources and land for illegal construction, but not for fire station.”