GreNo: Water crisis deepens in Ecovillage 2, management gears up for backup

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GreNo: Water crisis deepens in Ecovillage 2, management gears up for backup

A group of residents met with the officials of the Greater Noida Authority seeking help from them. 

GreNo: Water crisis deepens in Ecovillage 2, management gears up for backup

The residents of Supertech Ecovillage 2, a residential society in Greater Noida West, are going through the worst of times due to acute water shortage since Monday. 

A group of residents met with the officials of the Greater Noida Authority on Friday, seeking help from them. 

Anupam Mishra told CitySpidey that Greater Noida Authority has asked the developer to resume the water supply surveys in the society. "after meeting with the Greater Noida Authority, water department officials are directed to look into the matter and make sure that the residents do not suffer more.  On the other side, the management has planned to make the second pump room operational."

On Tuesday residents staged several protests against the management for poor water and power supply. In the day-time, female residents of the society staged agitation in front of the managements' office, demanding water supply. Whereas, in the evening, around 1500 residents took to the streets and accused the developer of being a thief by raising slogans like, 'Supertech chor hai'. 

Their ordeal worsened when they were booked for blocking a busy road during their protest on Tuesday night.  They were charged under Indian Panel Code sections 147 (rioting), 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant), 353 (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty) and 341 (wrongful restraint).

As per the reports, Gautam Budh Nagar police has justified its action against the protesters.  

Despite being booked for blocking traffic, the residents did not stop and continued to raise their voice against the management and the authority. They even reached out to the office of the district magistrate of Gautam 

Budh Nagar and Greater Noida Authority to demand solution to their problem.

“The authority listened to us and directed the management of the society to provide water supply in all the 20 buildings of the society within a day. We were assured that the situation will become normal soon and water supply will be resumed,” said Anupam Mishra, a resident.  

What led to this crisis?

The residents claimed that non-availability of an alternative motor pump for supplying water from the underground reservoir (UGR) to rooftop water tanks resulted in water shortage in the society.  

“What annoyed the residents is that despite raising the issue time and again, the management did not arrange for any backup to meet an emergency situation. We can understand if there is any technical glitch but the management should have a backup,"  said Mihir Kumar, another resident.

Mihir further added, “People can survive if there is a parking problem and there is a lack of security etc, but it is not possible to live without water supply, even if it is for few hours. When the management did not listen to their problems, the residents staged a protest.” 

The society has as many as 20 towers and each tower has three separate water tanks. One is for flush, second is for fire system and third is for domestic use, including drinking water.

Residents were worried that they may have to face water crisis for another one or two days as the only motor pump supplying water malfunctioned again. They claimed that there are around 60 rooftop water tanks and filling them will take another one or two days.