“We resorted to road blockage as the authority wasn't keen on resolving or even listening to our problem,” the protesting residents said.
More than 200 residents, belonging to Ahinsa Khand II, Indirapuram, blocked CISF road on Sunday to demonstrate their anger against lackadaisical approach of GDA towards resolving long-pending issues related to substandard quality of road and waterlogging due to sewage overflow in the area.
The residents hit the street around 8 am and stayed till 1 pm forcing the officials of the civic body and district administration to visit them and listen to their grievances. However, their road block resulted in huge traffic jam.
“For more than a year, the roads in our areas are in dilapidated state. Every now and then, the road outside the DPS gets inundated from dirty water coming out from the drain. We have escalated this matter to everyone. But no substantial action has been taken to resolve our woes,” said Jayati Jain, a protesting resident.
During the protest, residents were threatened for a lathi charge by police who visited the spot of protest as it was creating huge traffic jam on the road. However, the resident said that they were forced to do it. “We resorted to road blockage as the authority wasn't keen on resolving or even listening to our problem,” the protesting residents said.
2.5 hours after their demonstration, Harshvardhan Srivastava, City Magistrate and RP Singh, Chief of GDA in Indirapuram visited the spot.
While, Srivastava pacified the residents, Singh assured them for resolution of the matter related to road and waterlogging. Right now, we would pump out the water from the road and clean the drainage. We would also start the patch work at the road once these things are completed.
However, agitated residents didn't satisfy with Singh's offering. “We have been getting same assurances for last 6 months since he became chief of this area. We want assurance from some higher authority,” they said.
Later, VK Singh, Officer in Special Duty in GDA came to the spot and assured them that their problems related to road and waterlogging would be resolved within 10 days. As of now, a pumping set has been brought in to pump out water from the roads.
Residents complained that the authority works only when they pressurise them. Three months back, when residents led a campaign of ‘No Work No Vote’ prior to general elections, authority swung in action and levelled the dilapidated road within a day.
They even promised for black topping of the road once elections are over and model code of conduct ends. But after elections, things again went back to square one.
The Mall Road connects 22 societies and over 40,000 residents of Ahinsa Khand II to the other parts of the city. But for the past one year, the road has been witnessing scenes of chaos.
As the condition of the road is very bad, many parts along its stretch got waterlogged, especially near DPS, creating nuisance for the pedestrians and motorists as well.
On Saturday night, an elderly man tripped over while riding bike on the road and suffered an injury near his left eye.