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Ghaziabad MLA, GDA officials and residents hold ‘sewer panchayat’

Indirapuram residents held a panchayat with MLA Sunil Sharma and GDA officials about sewage overflow and backflow

noida Updated: Mar 25, 2017 22:35 IST
Peeyush Khandelwal
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MLA Sunil Sharma (centre) with Indirapuram residents and GDA officials at the 'sewer panchayat' on Saturday.(Sakib Ali/HT Photo)

Indirapuram residents, including members of the Federation of apartment owners’ association (FED-AOA), on Saturday held a ‘sewer panchayat’ at Windsor Park Market in which residents, newly elected MLA Sunil Sharma and Ghaziabad development authority (GDA) officials discussed the long-pending issue of sewage overflow and backflow in residential areas.

The residents said sewage backflow continues off and on in Indirapuram, especially in Ahimsa Khand, but the GDA has not done enough to address the issue despite orders of Allahabad high court.

“We finally decided to call an open ‘panchayat’ as officials during the previous regime did not seem to be serious and were not paying attention to our issues. The new MLA also came and listened to our problems. We told him about the sewage overflow and backflow issues and about the (alleged) bribe being taken by staff deployed with super sucker machines,” said Alok Kumar, patron, FED-AOA.

“The MLA listened to our issues and even assured us that the sewage treatment plants will be working continuously. In case the problems are not resolved soon, we will again approach the high court and file contempt petition,” said DK Maurya, president of FED-AOA and petitioner in the case.

The association had moved a PIL that was disposed of by the court last year, stating that the issue should be resolved by the respondent, GDA.

MLA Sharma said, “Things were not moving at all during the previous government. Now, we have called for a progress report from GDA within 10 days. We will also see to it that the sewage treatment plants (STPs) work regularly and treat the sewage discharge,” Sharma said.

On their part, GDA officials said the issue of sewage was due to the STPs that are maintained by the municipal corporation.

“The major problem is due to 48 MLD STP that stopped functioning has not been operational for the past five months. It was made operational only around a week ago and is still not running at optimum capacity. This leads to sewage lines not being emptied and the overflow problem occurs, especially in low lying areas,” said Chakresh Jain, executive engineer, GDA.

“At present, there is stoppage (by state officials) on assigning or carrying out work on tendered issues till the formation of the new government. Once we get clearance, the agreements will be undertaken and work orders will be issued and expedited,” he added.

First Published: Mar 25, 2017 22:35 IST