For over a month now, the sewer backflow has continued to flood the green belt at Sector 15 Part I, a plush residential area between Rajiv Chowk and Iffco Chowk along National Highway - 8.
The green belt starts from Rajiv Chowk and spans 500 metres, following a rectangular pattern along the expressway. It features a rose garden, tennis court, a composting pit as well as a sewer chamber tucked away in a corner.
The residents have complained about backflows from the sewer chamber from time to time inundating the green belt.
“The water from the sewage chamber that settled in the green belt has continued to remain stagnant for over a month now. We fail to understand why the water hasn’t been receding. The last one month has been painful for the residents as the water spreads foul smell and vitiates the ambience here. We have even stopped taking a stroll here because of the nauseating stench,” RS Raghav, a senior resident of the sector, said, adding that sewer backflow has now become a perennial problem.
The residents who live close to the park have been facing the brunt of problem.
“The authorities seems to have willingly turned a blind eye to the problem. The park is now a mess due to the sewage backflow and the stench is literally unbearable. We have been pleading with the concerned officials to take necessary action, but nothing has been done,” Ramesh Vashisth, a resident, said, adding that the MCG’s horticulture department, which is the custodian of the green belt, has been a mute spectator as the dwellers continue to suffer.
While the horticulture department takes care of the park’s maintenance, the composting pit is maintained by the MCG’s sanitation staff.
Ajay Nirala, an executive engineer with the MCG’s horticulture department, said, “I raised the issue with the concerned engineer twice. I will inspect the area and take it up again. The stagnant water is adversely affecting the park and the composting pit as well.”
MR Sharma, superintending engineer, MCG, said, “I will take necessary action.”