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Default NCR’s first high-rise society in Kaushambi in a deplorable state

GHAZIABAD: The NCR's first high-rise residential society in Kaushambi is slowly turning into a deplorable state. One of the many high-rises that form a part of the residential colony, the ten-storey Gangotri tower has 444 single-room flats and currently there are nearly 200 families living in it. Shockingly, the elevator of the society has not been working for the last two years.

During preparation of the Commonwealth Games, DDA had reportedly blocked the sewer line of Kaushambi leading to accumulation of drain water within the society. Residents now fear outbreak of diseases and a possible mishap as the accumulated water is affecting the foundation of the building.

When the building was being constructed in the late '80s, it was considered the crown of Ghaziabad, but with the passage of time the society has lost its sheen.

Given the deplorable condition, nearly 30% of the flats are still in possession of Ghaziabad Development Authority as no one has come forward to buy them. "Kaushambi was conceived and marketed by GDA as one of its prestigious colonies in Ghaziabad. It turned out to be one too, with its wide spread serenity, spacious build-up and green environment. Residents took up the flats with high hopes, which remained true till a few years ago. The problem began around two and a half years ago when the infrastructure facilities such as sewage and drainage system started crumbling," said Anil Singh, a resident.

"The sewage system started causing trouble due to construction faults as a result of which all manholes are now filled with sewage water up to the brim. Sewage has now started spilling over to the towers and roads. GDA sold land to build a mall through which the sewage line of Kaushambi was passing through .The sewage line was blocked during the construction and thus the discharge started flowing back into the colony," Singh said.

"After vigorous effort and complaints, a new line was laid by GDA, but it is not operational because of inherent design and construction defects. Against the requirement of a 30m-long slope sewage line, a pipeline of 1km was built, which obstructed the natural flow of sewage. Instead, it started flowing backwards and finally got stagnant. As a result, the stagnant sewage water has become an ideal breeding ground for mosquitoes and other vectors," said Gulshan Sadana, another resident.

The area falls in seismic zone 4 which is the second highest risk zone and, thus, the buildings are getting more vulnerable now. There are around19 buildings of 14 storey and 5 buildings of 10 storey that house almost 4,000 families.

When asked about the deplorable condition of the residential society, Ghaziabad Development Authority chief engineer, DR Yadav, blamed Delhi for the situation. "Before the Commonwealth Games, Delhi government had constructed roads and flyover in and around Kaushambi. At that time the sewerage line of the society which was linked with the Delhi drain was blocked. This further led to accumulation of drain water inside the society," Yadav said, adding that the authority has an extensive plan for cleaning up and beautification of the society and soon work would start.

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