AOA told that recently, the builder had developed a green belt on the ceiling of the basement, which resulted in water seepage issue.
A large chunk of the ceiling of a basement fell in Savy Ville De, a high-rise in Raj Nagar Extension on Tuesday. The fall has opened a huge gap between the ground and the basement. However, no one was injured.
The basement is not connected with the residential towers and was rarely used as a parking lot by the residents. Apartments Owner’s Association (AOA) of the society told that recently, the builder had developed a green belt on the ceiling of the basement. The AOA alleged that the builder did not complete the waterproofing works. “The incessant rainwater seeped below the grasses and weakened the ceiling which resulted in the fall,” said Sanjay Shah, president of the AOA. Besides, the whole basement is riddled with leakages, Shah complained.
The AOA also complained that they had informed the builder many times but he never took any action. "We are feeling insecure after this incident. What if a similar incident occurs in one of the residential towers," a resident said.
After getting no response from the builder, the residents approached the Ghaziabad Development Authority (GDA) and requested to intervene. Following the complaints, the GDA officials conducted an inspection and asked the builder to conduct a structural audit of the society.
The Officer on Special Duty (OSD) of GDA, VK Singh, who supervised the inspection told, “Our engineers found that due to poor waterproofing measures, the portion of the ceiling fell."
“The authority has asked the builder to conduct a structural audit after this incident. We have also asked the builder to take measures to stop the seepage, Singh, added.
CitySpidey tried to approach the builder and maintenance staff for their version but they refused to comment.