The authorities have decided to raise a five feet parapet wall that will run along with the drain.
Ghaziabad Development Authority has planned to spend 60 lakhs in covering the main drain of Indirapuram city.
Under the plan, the authorities have decided to raise a 5 feet parapet wall that will run along with the drain. They have also planned to cover the exposed part of the drain with a net.
"An angle would be installed over the drain on which we will set up the net," said RP Singh, Executive Engineer of GDA.
President of Federation of Apartments Owners Association, Alok Kumar-who has been demanding the installation of the net for a long time, welcomed this decision saying, "It should have been done long ago but anyway, it's better late than never. Finally GDA (Ghaziabad Development Authority) woke up."
The permanent covering of the drain is against the directions of the National Green Tribunal. But, the absence of a cover has cost two lives in last one year. In April, a 26-year-old man died after falling into the drain and a similar incident happened last year in October where a 9-year-old girl passed away after falling in the same drain.
Meanwhile, Singh said that the tender for this upcoming work has been floated and work will begin again after the drain is cleaned completely.
At the moment, the drain has not been cleaned for more than a decade as it was covered by concrete slabs by the housing societies and shops at the CISF road. The GDA would have to break the covers before starting the development works.
A few days back, the GDA officials visited Saya Zenith, a high-rise society on the CISF road, to break the cover over the drain. But, in the process the officials faced a sharp protest from the residents.
"The officials must do what is lawful. The societies and shops which have built structures on the drain must cooperate with the authority. If the structures are a passage for entry or exit to societies, it could be replaced with iron grills. It will allow cleaning of the drain," Kumar added.