Why Indirapuram needs an overhaul of its drains | Ghaziabad News – Times of India


GHAZIABAD: Indirapuram’s three decades-old drainage system is unable to keep pace with unplanned construction in the township. Most of Indirapuram’s drains are either choked or disappeared due to encroachments and for want of upkeep on the part of the Ghaziabad Development Authority (GDA).
The drain running parallel to the CISF road towards Ahimsa Khand 2, the one flowing parallel to Aditya Mall and the one that runs between Shipra Sun City and Jaipuria Mall are all choked and encroached upon. Resident groups have long been complaining to the GDA about the choked sewer lines, but their complaints seem to have so far fallen on deaf ears.
Alok Kumar of Fed AOA, an umbrella RWA body, said, “Indirapuram is spread over an area of 1,222 acres and the existing water pipes, sewer lines and drainage network were laid way back in 1990. The GDA then planned the township to be a low population density area, but over the years the authority has increased the floor area ratio (FAR) due to which more societies have come up and the population has risen too.”
“The Fed AOA, in 2016, moved the Allahabad high court and subsequently the National Green Tribunal (NGT) to get the township’s drainage problems resolved, but except for a few work here and there, GDA has not done anything concrete,” he added.
The GDA, on the direction of courts, had reviewed the drainage problems in Indirapuram and even hired a private consultant to prepare a detailed report on the issues. According to officials, the overhaul of the entire sewer and drainage infrastructure would cost the GDA a whopping Rs 800 crore but will help sustain the township for another 30 years.
But barring the laying of sewer lines on the CISF road, where work has been going on for about two years now, nothing has been done.
Ashish Kumar, a resident of Supertech Icon, said, “Along the CISF road, the drain space has been covered completely by commercial establishments with concrete. As a result, drain water finds its way into people’s toilets on the ground floor of societies on a low gradient, especially in Ahimsa Khand 2.”
DK Pandey, a resident of Arihant Harmony, echoed similar sentiments. “The drain space along Aditya Mall has been encroached upon, which serves as the parking space. At many places, the concrete slab has been damaged and vendors dump civic waste right into the drain leading to its clogging.”
AK Choudhary, a GDA official in-charge of the township, said, “To deal with the problem, we carry out anti-encroachment drives in the township from time to time. Apart from this, a new sewer line is being laid on the CISF road, which is connected to the township’s STP. Once in operation, it will take care of the township’s drainage problem.”

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