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Residents of 64 flats in Ghaziabad housing societies evacuated after road cave-in

Ghaziabad officials fear that flow of rainwater into the crater formed due to the road cave-in might affect the structural integrity of two adjacent apartment complexes.

noida Updated: Jul 27, 2018 14:28 IST
HT Correspondent
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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A major portion of a road caved at Vasundhara in Ghaziabad.(Sakib Ali/HT File Photo)

The residents of 64 flats at two Ghaziabad apartment complexes were evacuated after an adjacent road caved in due to torrential rainfall over the last 24 hours, threatening to weaken their foundations.

Ghaziabad District Administration (GDA) officials fear that flow of rainwater into the crater formed due to the road cave-in could affect the structural integrity of two adjacent apartment complexes in Vasundhara’s Sector 4C, more so because the showers are expected to continue till Saturday.

They have roped in engineers from the Central Road Research Institute (CRRI) to assess the strength of the buildings belonging to the Vartalok and Pragya Kunj housing societies.

“We have relocated the residents of 64 flats, including those from nearby Pragya Kunj, to vacant ones in safer wings. The road repair work will continue till late at night,” said Rajiv Kumar, RWA president of Vartalok Society.

Residents said they were being extra cautious in the wake of the recent collapse of two buildings in Greater Noida.

Causing additional concern to officials is the meteorological department’s prediction of more heavy showers on Friday due to the existence of two rain-triggering systems — cyclonic circulation and the creation of a low-pressure area — over the region. The rainfall is expected to abate only by Saturday.

Rajesh Kumar, a resident of Ganga Khand block in Vartalok, said a school bus had passed through the road moments before it caved in around 7.30 am. “I helped my child into the school bus and was walking home when I heard a thud. Upon hurrying back, I found that a major portion of the road had collapsed,” he added.

Teams of the National Disaster Response Force, civil police and district administration reached the site of the cave-in soon afterwards. “It is our assessment that more inflow of water into the crater will further damage the four neighbouring towers. We must stem the heavy flow of water into the crater and bridge the damaged portion of the road immediately,” an official said.

However, district officials said they would also get a technical team to inspect the nearby buildings. “We believe that any impact on the strength of the buildings should be assessed by a technical team. So, we have asked CRRI engineers to help in this regard, and requested the Avas Vikas and municipal corporation officials to fill up the crater. The inflow of water into the crater has been plugged, and we have begun pumping out water to prevent further damage,” said additional district magistrate (city) Himanshu Gautam.

Three people were killed in the heavy rainfall that began lashing Noida, Greater Noida, Ghaziabad and East Delhi from Wednesday night. While two minors died in wall collapses in Shaheed Nagar and Khoda, a 40-year-old man succumbed to suspected electrocution in Indirapuram’s Shipra Suncity Housing Complex.

Gautam Budh Nagar and Ghaziabad recorded 33 mm and 23.2 mm of rain respectively on Thursday.

First Published: Jul 27, 2018 13:08 IST