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Civic 'apathy' derails hotel project

Heavy rainfall this year has not affected work progress at the Games Village and Delhi alone. In Greater Noida, rain and sewer water damaged equipment and furnishing at the Radisson Hotel Project at Kasna site IV industrial area.

india Updated: Sep 27, 2010 18:12 IST
Kapil Datta

Heavy rainfall this year has not affected work progress at the Games Village and Delhi alone. In Greater Noida, rain and sewer water damaged equipment and furnishing at the Radisson Hotel Project at Kasna site IV industrial area.

Now, the hotel will not be able to provide rooms for foreign visitors during the Commonwealth Games as it will take two months more to complete the project.

"We have written to the Commonwealth Games Organising Committee expressing inability to provide rooms during the Games as due to monsoons it could not be completed on time," Jaydeep Chakrabarti, Radisson Hotel Resident Manager, told Hindustan Times on Monday.

"Thirteen floors with 175 rooms and 21 suites were almost ready. Only interior finishing was being done," Chakrabarti said.

"Two days ago, water filled the basement as sewers back flowed and rain water from the road flowed down. It has cause damage to the tune of over Rs 50 lakh," Chakrabarti said.

"Apathy of authorities was the cause of damage. When we complain to Greater Noida Authority, they claim the area was under Uttar Pradesh State Industrial Development Corporation (UPSIDC). UPSIDC officers were insensitive. We had to deploy two dewatering pumps since last two days and get the water pumped out," Chakrabarti said.

When contacted by HT, UPSIDC Regional Manager Santosh Kumar said on Monday: "As the Yamuna level was higher, the Irrigation Department had plugged all drain outlets from the city to prevent flood water entering the city. The drain water reversed and inundated the hotel site and other areas. Even today (Monday) morning, the Yamuna level was higher".

"Hotel allotment was done with a promise that it will be operational before the Games. Hotel Management had given an affidavit to this effect," Kumar said.

"Kasna Site IV industrial area, where the hotel is located, is a low-lying area. It is one of the oldest industrial sectors with no proper outlet for drains. The area still remains under UPSIDC. Moreover, as adjoining roads are more than a feet higher, rain water flows down the area. UPSIDC has not made any arrangement to solve this problem," Greater Noida Udyog Vyapar Mandal President Ravi Bansal said.