The land in front of Vartalok society in Vasundhara sector 4C, which was caved-in during monsoon last year, would now be turned into a commercial complex, officials of Aawas Vikas Parishad (AVP) told. The engineering department of AVP has written a letter to its property department to start the process of allotment of this land.
The land worth Rs 60 crore spread over 5000 square meters is a property of AVP. However, this land was earlier allotted to a private builder to develop a residential cum commercial project.
Seven years ago, the builder had dug up a basement and left it. In July 2018, due to torrential rainfall for 24 hours, a road adjacent to two housing societies, Vartalok and Pragyakunj, was caved in. A 40 feet deep cavity on the road had weakened the foundation of both the the societies. The authorities had evacuated 64 flats to prevent any further damage. Later, the authorities started filling up the dug up land which was completed last month.
While it is certain that the land would be dug again to lay foundation of the upcoming project, however if it is left as it is just like the previous builder did, there are chances of cave in of 2018 happening again. Reacting on the situation, the officials said that the builder who will buy the land will be responsible to build retaining wall on all the sides of dug-up land. “The buyers will be given the land only on the condition that they will secure the boundary of the dug-up land with a retaining wall which is built with a combination of cement and steel,” told the official.
“It ( retaining wall) will prevent the nearby housing societies from seepage, erosion of mud and other threats,” the official added.
Well, if this condition was imposed on the previous builder, the road and the residents of two societies would not have suffered. “It’s good that finally the authority is thinking about safety of the residents. We would be more happy if they listen to us also. The incident happened last year and could have been avoided if the authority had paid heed to multiple complaints we sent,” told Rajeev Nigham, a resident of Vartalok Society.