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After residents clean up road, Gr Noida steps in to repair it

May 7, 2019

Greater Noida: The Greater Noida Industrial Development Authority (GNIDA) on Monday started repairing a road that residents have cleaned over the past few weeks, upset over the Authority’s alleged lackadaisical attitude in doing it.

“It is good that the residents of Noida Extension have cleaned up the area by themselves. We appreciate it. However, we have started repairing the roads from today. The first road being repaired is the one that the residents have cleaned up. We will now repair all roads in the area soon,” a GNIDA official said.

Noida Extension has about 50,000 occupied flats and about 2.5 lakh are under various stages of construction. The buyers have earlier met GNIDA officials to complain about the condition of roads in sectors where people have been living for the past two to five years.

“People who have started living here have to travel to work daily and school buses too ply on these roads. Most arterial roads are damaged because of the ongoing construction work. But now that people are shifting in fast, and with hundreds of families expected to occupy flats in the coming months, it is time the GNIDA repair all roads, set up street lights and start planting trees to make the area clean and green,” said Abhishek Kumar, president of the Noida Extension Flat Owners Welfare Association (Nefowa).

The residents had also pooled funds to clean the service lane in Sector 16B of construction waste and mud.

Now that the road has been cleaned, the residents have now decided to clean statues in public places in the area. The group of residents had incurred an expenditure of Rs 5,000 a day in hiring earthmovers, trucks and water tankers.

“Years of mud and construction debris heaped up along the service lanes had not only rendered these roads useless, but had also become the cause of immense health issues for the 50,000 families living here. So, we had taken the initiative to clean up the area over the weekends,” Kumar said.

“Next week onwards, we will start cleaning up the statues. First, we will clean up the Char Murti, followed by other statues in Noida Extension. The entire area is suffering from gross negligence and it looks really bad to see such beautiful statues swathed in dust,” Kumar added.


Source : The Times of India