Lucknow: Upkeep firms warned over poor facilities in apartments – ET RealEstate

LUCKNOW: No power backup, poor fire tender equipment, paint peeling off walls, no grills on windows, broken tiles and no numbering of flats. These are some of the anomalies found by the Lucknow Development Authority (LDA) officials during a recent inspection of apartments under their jurisdiction.

The LDA has issued showcause notices to the private agencies it hired for the maintenance work in these apartments.

LDA chief engineer Indu Shekhar Singh said, β€œWe have asked the private agencies to complete the work at the earliest, failing which legal action will be taken against them.”

The development authority has so far conducted inspections in Srishti Apartment in Jankipuram Extension and Smriti Apartment and Sunrise Apartment on Kanpur Road. According to officials, several apartments in Gomtinagar, Gomtinagar Extension, Hardoi Road, Rae Bareli Road and Kanpur Road will also be inspected.

District magistrate and acting vice-chairman of LDA Abhishek Prakash recently visited Shristhi Apartment on the request of locals. During the inspection, residents complained about no power backup, resulting in blackouts for several hours. They said an elderly resident died in the intervening night of September 8 and 9 after suffering an heart attack as he reportedly could not be taken to a hospital on time as the lift was dysfunctional. The problem still persists, they claimed.

The VC was also made aware of the poor condition of road in the basement of the apartment. He asked LDA zonal officials for conducting the maintenance work and promised to make provisions for installing generator in the apartment.

In another inspection of Sunrise Apartment on Kanpur Road, officials found incomplete fire tender equipment, broken tiles and paint peeling off the walls.

β€œThe possession process of the apartment started in 2010. After five years of the completion, condition of the apartment started deteriorating. There are no proper fire tenders and even flats have not been numbered till now,” said Utkarsh Awasthi a resident.

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