Palam Vihar residents protest storm water drain widening


Gurgaon: Residents of Palam Vihar are up in arms against the Gurugram Metropolitan Development Authority’s (GMDA) plan to reconstruct the master storm water drain in their locality. They say the proposed widening of the drain from Rezang La Chowk to railway culvert number 47 will damage the greenbelt area that has been developed over a period of 30 years and affect the groundwater level.
For the past two years, the residents have been demanding the 1.2km-long storm water drain in the area be desilted, repaired and covered up as it has been damaged at various places. However, they are opposing the plan of widening the existing drainage network.
Brig Sukbir Singh (Retd), vice-president of Palam Vihar Residents Association (PVRA), said, “The proposal is to widen the storm water drain to 6.6 metres in two sections — though before Old Delhi Road, it would remain as 4.25 metres. So, the rationale of widening to contain the overflow from the section before Old Delhi Road is not met.”
According to the residents, the stormwater drain was constructed three decades ago by the developer of the colony.
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