The residents alleged that they have been complaining to the builder for over an year.
While people wish for the monsoon to stay a little longer, there is a housing society in Raj Nagar Extension whose residents are praying for this season to pass as soon as possible. Reason? The shabby state of maintenance by developer of the society, the residents alleged.
On Sunday, Ghaziabad received hardly half an hour of rain. However, this short spell wrecked havoc in the basement of Charms Castle. The second basement (-2 level) was submerged in foot level deep water increasing possibility of damaging the cars parked there, the residents claimed. "The pipes are in a dilapidated state. They are worn out and damaged at many spots. Due to this reason, the water in these pipes, which is supposed to go in Rainwater Harvesting System, gets pooled in the basement which may cause damage to the parked vehicles and also prove dangerous to the lives of the residents," complained Bhuri Singh, a resident of the society.
CitySpidey received a video claimed to be shot by a resident of the society on Sunday when it rained. The video clearly shows an anomaly in a pipe attached to the roof of the basement releasing the rainwater from it with full force.
Besides, seepage is another thing to worry about, the residents claimed. "Seepage has entered the upper and lower basement and waterlogging is adding more to the problem," said Sunil Singh, a resident of the society.
The residents alleged that they have been complaining to the builder for over an year. While the builder promised the repairs, the work is yet to be started. "The builder even promised to fix these issues and gave it in writing. However, the repair work is yet to start," Singh said.
Though the estate manager of the society who takes care of the maintenance accepted the occurrence of leakage but refused the claims of cracks and wreckage in the pipes made by the residents. The manager claimed that the leakage in the pipe occurred due to altering the passage of the rainwater. "We did this to unblock the passage of water after we received complaint from the residents that water back flows in their flats," said the manager.
The manager also stated that the reason for leakage in the basement was because of no capping in the pipe.
When asked about seepage in the walls, the manager claimed that expansion joints of the structure needs to be repaired. "It will be done post monsoon,” he added.
While the manager stated the technical faults behind the mess, the fact is, the residents are bearing the brunt of shoddy maintenance. "This is what we got in return of investing our lifetime savings," said Deepak Bhardwaj, another resident of the society.