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Jewar: The first heavy monsoon showers have exposed the poor quality of construction in the township in which families affected by the Noida airport project are being resettled. At least three dozen newly built houses at Jewar Bangar’s rehabilitation and resettlement (RnR) site have multiple cracks on the walls. In some places, the foundation has sunk or pillars have got damaged.
An internal road got washed away in the rains and cracks have appeared on many others. “Fortunately, most of our families are not here yet. Anything could have happened on Monday and Tuesday when it rained. At least 40-50 houses have reported damages,” said Devendra Kumar, owner of plot 194, pocket Rohi.
The township is coming up at a cost of Rs 350 crore and of that amount, about Rs 200 crore has been already spent.
According to villagers, the main reason for this problem is excessive and improper use of sand and a rush to finish the township.
The 48-hectare wide colony was supposed to get ready by June 30 and work on the airport project can only start once all affected families have resettled and the land is cleared.
Villagers said that on the western side of the township, where pocket Rohi is being developed, a patch of land has been filled up by about 20 feet of sand so that it comes to the same level as the Jewar-Tappal road. The contractor engaged by the Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority (YEIDA) did this to prevent waterlogging in the area during monsoon. But the sand was not treated properly and in the rush to finish the work, proper compacting (process of reducing air space in construction material) was not done.
Owner of plot 612, pocket Nagla Ganeshi, Azad, who is hearing and speech impaired, had installed a submersible pump near his new house. “It started drizzling on Monday night and the rains continued for some time. Now, Azad’s pump has sunk, along with a drain that had been dug up next to his house,” said his neighbour, Zafaruddin. “Cracks have appeared in many houses and we all are extremely anxious to think what will happen if it rains heavily for a few hours,” he added.
In pocket Rohi, parts of an internal road got washed away in the rains exposing a cavity on a 60m-long stretch. In Nagla Ganeshi, cracks have appeared even on a concrete road that is yet to get a bitumen layer. About six sub-feeder pillars and structures erected on concrete platforms for power lines have got damaged. While some have broken, others have tilted.
Contractors are still carrying out civil work in the area and internal roads, sewerage lines, boundary walls and overhead water tanks are getting finishing touches. Apart from this, 3,003 families are constructing their own houses in the township.
An official present at the site said villagers are rushing with the construction and most of them are not building proper foundations for their houses. “As a result of this, some of them are sinking,” he said.
Villagers also said they are being asked to hurry up with the construction. “We are being asked to vacate our houses and shift to the township as soon as possible. The administration and YEIDA should give us some time. Now, everyone is in a hurry. Our families are staying elsewhere because the toilets here are not yet connected to the sewerage lines,” said Kishan Singh from Nagla Ganeshi, who was among the first ones to move to the site.
According to some villagers, soon after the rains, the contractor tried to repair some of the damaged structures in a hurry. But most plot owners had already taken pictures and shot videos of the site. Asked about the condition of the township, Gautam Budh Nagar district magistrate Suhas LY said: “A team constituted by YEIDA visited the site on Tuesday afternoon. The team members will suggest what has to be done now. The damages will be examined and remedial steps will be taken.”
Residents of seven villages will have to relocate for the airport project. While most people have vacated their houses, some families in Rohi are yet to move out.
YEIDA chief executive officer Arun Vir Singh said: “We are going to depute experts and engineers to ascertain if the contractor of the township has been negligent. We will extend full cooperation and help to the villagers for all repairs.”

Paula Fonseca