Amrapali Village’s RWA seek urgent covid assistance from Uttar Pradesh government – ET RealEstate

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GHAZIABAD: The RWA of a housing society in Indirapuram sent an SOS to the UP government on Tuesday, saying over 300 families living there were affected by Covid-19 and it needed urgent assistance to contain the spread of the virus that has ravaged the condominium of 1,002 flats since mid-April.

The RWA also claimed there have been nine deaths in the last 30 days and residents were running from pillar to post for oxygen and hospital beds.

TOI could not independently verify the exact number of active cases or deaths in the society — Amrapali Village, off Delhi-Meerut Expressway, located in a densely populated part of Indirapuram. Officials in the health department said they would “look into” the numbers the RWA had shared.

Strangely, the society was sealed by the Ghaziabad administration only a day before the SOS, on Monday. No emergency measures to check the spread of the virus have been initiated. There are no ambulances or medical teams deputed there either. According to the RWA, there are five critical patients in the society who need oxygen and hospitalisation.

Senior district officials this correspondent spoke to were not aware of the problems the society was facing.

The RWA said there were around 20 Covid cases in the society on April 10. Within no time, the condominium was in the grip of an outbreak. By April 21, 120 people had tested positive, claimed the RWA, adding the number of infected people on May 4 was around 350.

RWA president Deepak Kumar said they had apprised the administration through Amrapali Village’s official Twitter handle on April 21, but no measures were taken. “The society was sealed by the district authorities some two weeks after that tweet. However, the sealing order issued on May 3 mentions April 25 as the starting date of sealing,” Kumar told TOI.

“The situation is so bad that a resident called me many times on Monday to find a hospital bed for her husband, who is critical. We have eight oxygen cylinders with us and are providing them to families of critical patients. But getting them refilled is a huge challenge. At present, all cylinders are empty. We have sent a person to Aligarh with the cylinders and keeping our fingers crossed,” Kumar said.

Dinesh Kalra, an Amrapali Village resident, said his 34-year-old son’s oxygen levels had fallen to 83 and he was not able to get an oxygen cylinder. “My son and I had tested positive on April 25. His condition suddenly started deteriorating on Monday. At one point, he was not able to sit up. As going out was not possible, we sought online consultation with private doctors and gave him medicines. His condition has improved now, and we are just hoping that he does not require hospitalisation.”

Even after the tweet to the state government seeking help, the RWA said the local administration had not contacted it. Officiating district magistrate Krishna Karunesh and officiating chief medical officer Dr Sunil Tyagi said they would look into the issues. Both the DM and the CMO are indisposed.

Additional city magistrate and incident commander Vinay Kumar Singh said he would try and get beds for critical patients in Covid hospitals.



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Alaknanda towers crumbling, Ghaziabad development body asks residents to vacate – ET RealEstate

GHAZIABAD: Expressing concern over the deplorable condition of a highrise complex in Vaishali, the Ghaziabad Development Authority (GDA) has recently asked the resident’s body of the apartment complex to immediately vacate the building till the time retrofitting of the entire structure is not done.

In a letter to the resident welfare body of Alaknanda towers dated March 6, GDA chief engineer VN Singh stated that Rs 3.5 crore was required to get the repairs done and as the authority owns some of the flats there, it is ready to pay a proportion. The letter further stated that in case of any untoward incident, the RWA will be held entirely responsible.

Notably, the Ghaziabad Municipal Corporation (GMC) had declared the Alaknanda Towers, which has 10 floors and 79 flats, uninhabitable in August 2018. It had said that the apartment complex is not only unsafe for its residents but also for the people living nearby. Following which, a safety audit of the tower was carried out by the engineering department of Jamia Millia Islamia university in 2019. The report had stated that the building was structurally strong and it required retro fitting and maintenance.

However, the residents’ body of complex is miffed with the GDA letter. They said that the retrofitting work should be done by the authority itself as “maintenance of the building was not handed over to the RWA yet”, a claim refuted by the GDA, according to which it was done in 2011 itself in the presence of the then RWA officials.

Amit Kumar, treasurer of the RWA, said, “The building is gradually crumbling and the GDA will be fully responsible for any loss of life. We have challenged the GDA stance in the Allahabad high court as well as registered a complaint with the state grievance redressal portal. If the maintenance was handed over to the RWA, how come the authority installed a fire-fighting system in the building? It has also recently advertised about unsold flats in the apartment. GDA has about 23 flats in the tower.”

The RWA also challenged GDA’s claim on maintenance, “Through RTI we have got the so-called handing over letter, which does not have an official stamp. It was not even done on the GDA letterhead. Our RWA was formed only in 2015,” they added.

Meanwhile, a senior GDA official said that the RWA has two options. “Either they pay for the retrofitting or go into an agreement with a developer to build a new tower with increased FRA. This way, the builder will get extra flats to sell and the owners will get new flats free of cost,” the official said.



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Ghaziabad development body raises cost of houses under PMAY – ET RealEstate

GHAZIABAD: The Ghaziabad Development Authority on Saturday enhanced the cost of new houses to be built under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojna in the district. The new houses under the PMAY will now cost Rs 6 lakh instead of Rs 4.5 lakh, GDA Vice-Chairman Krishna Karunesh said.

In its board meeting chaired by GDA Chairperson Anita C Meshram, who is also the Meerut zone commissioner, the civic body also raised the developmental charge to Rs 3,314 per square meter at the time of sanctioning maps for new houses in the city.

In Loni, Modinagar and Muradnagar towns, a development charge of Rs 1,200 per square meter has been fixed, he added.

The Board meeting also passed the GDA annual budget worth Rs 1001 crore, said Karunaesh, adding the budget has proposed to earn a revenue of Rs 1,020 crore.



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After lull, Ghaziabad development body flat sales pick up in three months – ET RealEstate

GHAZIABAD: After Covid lockdown woes, the cash-strapped Ghaziabad Development Authority (GDA) seems to be finally finding takers for its properties. Between July and October, GDA sold properties worth Rs 125 crore, officials said on Tuesday.

This comes as a major respite for the GDA as the auction process had to be stalled between April and June due to the Covid-19 lockdown. “GDA was facing funds crunch prior to the pandemic but the lockdown had made matters worse. Now things are looking better,” said a GDA official.

In fact, property sales have started picking up since September. “Our data shows that the development authority auctioned properties worth Rs 125 crore between July and October, which include 30 industrial plots, 30 commercial plots, 128 flats and 15 residential plots,” the official said.

Buoyed by the response, GDA has started holding auctions every Saturday, with a hope that it will be able to auction at least 50% of Rs 300 crore worth properties in the coming days. “Market is showing some signs of revival and we do not want to miss it. So, we have decided to hold auctions every Saturday, except on holidays,” said the official.

As a concession, GDA will allow buyers to deposit 10% of the property amount at the time of auction, 25% after necessary paperwork, and the remaining in instalments, officials said.

Past data suggests that the development authority generated anything between Rs 700cr and Rs 750cr annually from compounding fees, map sanction, dues and rents. But over the past four months, that source of income has dried up.
After lull, Ghaziabad development body flat sales pick up in three monthsAs far as liabilities are concerned, GDA has taken a loan of Rs 800 crore from the NCR Planning Board for its elevated road project and about Rs 900 crore from Allahabad Bank for its Madhuban Bapudham housing scheme. Annually they repay somewhere around Rs 270 crore, which leaves very little with GDA to fund its ongoing projects. As a result, many big-ticket projects in the city have been kept on hold.



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