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Seepage poses threat to high-rises

The residents of JMD Garden, situated off the Sohna Road, are living on the brink of a collapse.

gurgaon Updated: Oct 11, 2012 01:07 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times

The residents of JMD Garden, situated off the Sohna Road, are living on the brink of a collapse.

The basements of 14 high-rise towers in the locality have been facing continuous seepages from the last two years. This has weakened the foundations of the 18-storey apartments.

Though the basements are used to park vehicles, residents avoid parking their cars due to the fear of damaging vehicles.

The locality residents said they have been urging the developer to rectify the problem of seepage for nearly two years, but all in vain.

“All our complaints have fallen on deaf ears,” alleged a resident, adding that the continuous seepages had also damaged water and sewage pipelines.

“The seepage is damaging our vehicles. We don’t park our cars in the basements anymore. who will compensate us if our vehicles are damaged,” said another resident.

The gravity of the issue can be gauged from the fact that some residents have even sold their properties fearing damage to their apartments.

After all their efforts failed, the residents welfare association (RWA) approached Praveen Kumar, administrator, Haryana Urban Development Authority (Huda), to find a solution to the problem.

“The Huda administrator has assured to look into the issue. He has appointed a team of officials to find a solution,” said Pradeep Doda, RWA president, JMD Garden. To protest the developer’s inability to address the issue, a group of 200 residents of JMD Garden, holding black flags and shouting slogans, had led a march from the locality to the office of the JMD Maintenance Private Limited last week.

Meanwhile, a senior official of the JMD Ltd refuted the allegations.

“The residents are trying to sensationalise the issue. The seepages will be repaired by a contractor in a fortnight,” said the JMD Limited official not wishing to be named.

First Published: Oct 11, 2012 01:07 IST