Noida Dialogue

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Taps in condominium with 1,000 families run dry for 5 hours

August 12, 2019

NOIDA: About 1,000 families of Eldeco Amantran society in Sector 119 had to spend over five hours without any water on Saturday from 11am-4.15pm.

While the society’s maintenance staff said there was no supply from the Noida Authority due to which all the water tanks in the condominium dried up, residents decried that despite paying annual water charges between Rs 1,200-1,800 per flat, they were not able to do even the daily chores of washing, cleaning, etc.

“There was no water in our apartment from 11am on Saturday, which derailed our entire routine for the day. Being a weekend, we got up late to discover no water in our taps. All morning chores of washing and cleaning could not be completed,” said Rahul Singhal, a resident of the society.

Meanwhile, the president of the Apartment Owners’ Association (AOA), Sanjay Mehta, argued that the association had been putting up notices about water shortage on the society towers’ notice board for the past few days.

“There is a lot of water shortage for the past few days. Tankers were called to deal with the demand, and we urged all residents to store water,” said Mehta.

The maintenance staff informed the water shortage would continue till August-end. “The Ganga water supply would be hampered till Augus-end. Eldeco is buying water tankers to meet requirement,” said Manjeet Singh from the maintenance office.

However, residents complained that the excuse of de-silting of the upper Ganga canal cannot be taken for lack of supply. “Why don’t the Authority and the society’s maintenance office account for annual lack of Ganga water supply and ensure adequate supply in advance, especially when heavy water charges are paid by all residents for the entire year,” said a resident who did not wish to be named.

When TOI contacted Authority officials, they ensured adequate supply in coming days. “We’re getting less supply due to no Ganga water. The situation will remain the same till this month, but we’ll ensure tankers are supplied on time,” said B M Pokhriyal, deputy general manager, water and sewer department, Noida Authority.


Source : The Times of India