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Faced with filth, 13 families leave homes in Palam Vihar

Stagnating sewage and rainwater have forced 13 of 20 families in Block C1 in Palam Vihar to move out of the area temporarily.

gurgaon Updated: Aug 31, 2018 12:16 IST
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Waterlogging in Palam Vihar of Gurugram has forced residents to shift out of the area. (HT Photo)

At least 13 of 20 families residing in Block C1 in Palam Vihar have moved out of the area temporarily due to sewage and rainwater settling and stagnating in front of their houses, residents said.

The PWD, which is constructing a railway over bridge (ROB) at Bajghera crossing, is yet to build a service road for residents and the trench has been filled with sewage. Tuesday’s downpour only made matters worse for them.

“They will return when the water recedes and a semblance of normalcy is restored. The houses are in the last row of C 1 Block, which has been badly hit by the flooding. We are also thinking of moving away from here for a few months, as the situation has gone from bad to worse,” Ishu Aggrawal, a house owner, said, adding that they have been living here for the last 20 years.

For those heading towards Bajghera railway crossing from Krishna Chowk, Block C 1 is located on the left and Block C on the other side of the road. Block C leads to Bijwasan via New Palam Vihar and Bajghera railway crossing. PWD started building a bridge in the area in December 2016. The project is to supposed to completed by December.

PWD dug up entire road leaving no space for residents in the periphery to walk. As many as 20 houses in C 1 Block have been adversely affected by the digging, residents said. PWD dug up the road along the boundary walls of the houses making it difficult for residents to move out of their houses.

Nihar Mishra, a house owner, said, “We approached the National Green Tribunal (NGT), district administration, MLAs and councillors over the last seven months, but got no relief. I had to eventually move out of my house and shift to Vatika City on Sohna Road. I am paying a rent of ₹50,000 per month. There is a trench right in front of our house. It is filled with water and posed a risk to my daughters, as they had to cross it regularly.”

On July 16, PWD assured residents that it would make the service road motorable.

There are nearly 20 shops on the periphery (C 1 Block side), which are bearing the brunt of the sewage spill and flooding.

Chander Mohan, superintending engineer, PWD, said, “As soon as weather clears, we will fix all problems.”

GMDA and PWD officials have been blaming each for sewer overflow over the last six months. “Our men cleared sewer line, but PWD has not done its job yet,” Lalit Arora, senior engineer, GMDA, said.

First Published: Aug 31, 2018 05:59 IST