Two Noida societies, same problem. What’s the builder doing?

Amid the prevailing heat wave, residents of two societies in Sector 76, Noida, have been facing disrupted power supply for the past few weeks now.

Why traffic snarls are a routine affair on this road

One of the three routes which connects Gurgaon to Delhi and is used by thousands of commuters daily is the road running between the sectors 30 and 31 in Gurgaon. It is also one of those important roads in the city that has a large number of commercial establishments and residential societies located along it. Heavy traffic is the norm of the day.

Contaminated Delhi Water Puts Aquifers at Risk

The aquifers of Delhi stand at a huge risk. The reason: Contaminated surface water. Sewage water from drains, toxins from illegal RO plants, or even polluted water from the Yamuna will, if not checked, contaminate all underground water.

 

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A water body works as a soak pit, and the contaminants present in the water reach aquifers through them. It can play havoc with Delhi’s groundwater in future — and that future is not too far!

Contaminated water from illegal RO water plants in the city is a major threat. Such plants, on the one hand, extract underground water from a tubewell and, on the other, discharge the contaminated and toxic water into the ground through a parallel tubewell.

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Arvind Rudra, environment quality management consultant, green growth trainer (UNESCAP, AIT Thailand), says, “Unauthorised drinking-water factories in the NCR’s urban areas draw out groundwater at 500-1000 TDS [total dissolved solids], extract drinking water from it at 50-100 TDS and reject the remaining water with 3,000-4,000 TDS. Such water includes toxins, such as heavy metals and fluorides, and other inorganic salts, along with suspended solids. So the entire water becomes unfit for human consumption.”

There’s also sewage discharge to be taken into account.

In Delhi, there are several water bodies under DDA and DJB. Unfortunately, dirty sewer water from nearby colonies is discharged into these. The civic agencies have put up boards to warn residents against doing so — but who cares!

According to activists, neither DDA, nor DJB is serious about the matter. These water bodies are shown as revived, but that’s just on paper — the reality is far from it. One such water body can be found at Bamnoli Village in Sector 28, Dwarka.

Assistant professor of Geology, Delhi University, Dr Shashank Shekhar, says, “Diversion of sewage and other waste to unlined water bodies often lead to contamination of in-situ aquifers. The extent of that contamination will, of course, depend on the local hydro-geological system.”

Independent water expert Nitya Jacob says, “DJB has tubewells at Palla in the Yamuna floodplains to draw water. However, excess drawing of water will eventually result in polluted water from the Yamuna entering this aquifer. So polluted surface water at one place can pollute the aquifer at another place, and it depends on the nature of the aquifer and the local hydro-geological system.”

Environment activist Diwan Singh, who has been working on the water bodies in Delhi, further adds, “There are more than 600 water bodies in Delhi, but none of them can be called non-contaminated. In spite of judicial orders — both by the High Court and the NGT — no work has been done to revive them. In 2012, we surveyed 50 villages — many of them in Dwarka and Najafgarh — and found that of the 183 water bodies, 93 were dry and 63 had sewage in them. Even today, the condition remains largely the same. Sewage going into water bodies is an environmental hazard, as it contaminates the groundwater. But the authorities, of course, are not bothered, as water bodies do not make for popular electoral issues.”

Professor SC Rai, from the department of Geography, Delhi University, explains, “One of the serious anthropogenic impacts on groundwater is pollution. In fact, the problem of groundwater contamination is more widespread than its overuse or depletion. There are various sorts of contamination — from human waste, non-biodegradable materials, organic and inorganic chemicals, oil and its by-products, and heavy metals.”

Rai adds, “Landfills and dumps are also a source of contamination. Leaking septic tanks and sewers, and even chemical nutrients for plants have contaminated groundwater in urban and suburban parts of Delhi. Lack of sewage treatment plants is another problem. Hence, most of the drains in Delhi are a source of groundwater contamination.”

According to findings by Central Ground Water Board, Ministry of Water Resources, the extent of fluoride contamination in groundwater is high in western Delhi — in the northwest, the southwest and the west districts. Of the nine districts in Delhi, seven are overexploited. Nitrate concentration in groundwater is found mostly in areas where domestic effluent is discharged into open, unlined drains.

Dr Gopal Krishna, director of Toxics Watch Alliance (TWA), an Indian portal for environmental news, says, “In the Yamuna floodplains, arsenic has been found in excess of the permissible limit of 0.05 mg/litre, as prescribed by the Bureau of Indian Standards. Samples have been collected from a hand pump in Geeta Colony and three hand pumps in Nagla Rajpura near Mayur Vihar Phase I on the eastern bank of the Yamuna. The tests for groundwater from the existing wells of Najafgarh have revealed increasing pollution on quality parameters such as bicarbonate, calcium, chlorine, electrical conductivity (EC), magnesium, nitrate, sodium, and sulphate.”

Activists and experts have repeatedly said that DDA has turned a blind eye to toxic chemicals being released by the industries and malls across the city. According to them, Vasant Kunj malls have been contaminating the groundwater in the Delhi Ridge (tail end of the Aravalli hills) and the Aravalli biodiversity park, spread across 692 acres.

“It [DDA] is indifferent towards gallons of sewage water flowing out of commercial establishments and residential areas into the park. The aquifers of the Ridge have the purest form of rainwater. Sewage water is poisoning that pristine water. In 2012, the Delhi High Court noted that DDA has been mixing raw tubewell water into DJB water, unmindful of the fact that the groundwater is highly saline and contaminated. There’s need for statutory regulation of groundwater — and fixing of accountability,” asserts Dr Krishna.

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Did the builder send goons to Jaipuria Sunrise Greens?

Residents of Jaipuria Sunrise Greens, a residential society in Indirapuram, has accused the builder of sending “bouncers” and goons into the society to take over the society’s clubhouse from the AOA.

Speaking to City Spidey, Ravindra Saini, president of the society’s AOA, said the incident took place this morning. A group of people tried to forcibly enter the society’s clubhouse and gym but were confronted and stopped by residents.

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“We had taken over the clubhouse and its responsibilities from the builder and had issued notices to the service providers, including the gym and the salon, to henceforth pay charges to the AOA, instead of the builder. This happened about two and a half months back. But they did not respond and so we barred them from entering the premises,” said Saini.

However, Saini said bouncers tried to barge into the clubhouse and resume services, despite warnings and resistance from residents. “We no longer require the service providers here and plan to revamp the gym. The gym and its equipment were supposed to be provided to us by the builder, so that stays here,” Saini added.

Speaking to City Spidey, Vijender Yadav, the person who used to run the gym, along with a few other services in the society, said he had already had an agreement with the builder and had paid money to him for running the gym inside the society’s clubhouse. However, Yadav said, that despite this, the AOA members disconnected water and power supply to the gym. “The AOA misbehaved with me and so I had some of my cousins and friends accompany me into the society. The equipment inside the gym is also mine and its total value amounts to several lakhs of rupees,” Yadav added.

After the barge-in, residents called the local police to sort out the issue. Pradeep Singh, in charge of the Niti Khand police post, ruled out the possibility of bouncers forcing their way into the society and said they were just people involved in a dispute with the AOA members and residents over the running of the gym and a few other services in the clubhouse. “It has been decided that the matter will be amicably settled in a meeting between the stakeholders of the issue,” Singh added.

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Supertech Ecovillage 1: Flat owner files complaint against builder over mishap

Following the incident in Supertech Ecovillage 1 on May 7, where a portion of plaster had fallen on a tenant, the flat owner filed a complaint against the builder at Bisrakh police station on May 8.

Mohit Mishra, the flat owner, told City Spidey that he had rejected the offer to repair the ceiling by the maintenance team of the society. “The builder used poor quality construction material. Thousands of families are living in danger. Such an incident can happen to anyone,” he said.

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Mishra added that Tejpal Nagar, MLA of Dadri, also visited his flat and assured him that he would raise the issue with the chief minister of UP in the upcoming Vidhan Sabha in Lucknow this month.

Nagar told City Spidey, “It is also the responsibility of Greater Noida Authority to check the quality of work at the time of issuing the completion certificate and the occupancy certificate. I will speak to the CEO of Greater Noida Authority over the issue.”

Vinod Pandey, SO of Bisrakh police station, confirmed that an FIR had been lodged in the matter under IPC section 336 (endangering life or personal safety www.cityspidey.comof others).

Why are all these vehicles parked in front of East End’s Gate No 2?

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Residents of East End Apartments in Mayur Vihar Phase I Extension are worried that the road outside the society’s Gate No 2 will soon turn into a congested parking lot. The problem emerged about six months back, when it was decided that a parking space behind the New Ashok Nagar Metro station would be converted into quarters for the Metro staff.

The plot, which was so far being used as parking space, falls under the jurisdiction of Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC). DMRC has now constructed a residential society for Metro officials in its place. In the absence of a parking space nearby, outsiders, auto-rickshaws and rickshaw pullers have started parking in the area.

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JP Verma, the general secretary of the East End Apartments managing committee, said, “The situation is still under control, but soon the area will be crowded with parked vehicles. DMRC should have provided a parking space prior to converting the old one into quarters for the Metro staff. Several people park their cars and bikes here, and take the Metro to reach their destination. We have discussed this issue several times and have decided to write to DMRC about it.”

When City Spidey got in touch with DMRC officials to discuss the matter, a senior public relations official said, “The department does not have any land to allot for parking now. We have asked Delhi Development Authority to provide some space for parking.”

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