NOIDA: Around 200 residents of Supertech Ecovillage 2 on Sunday evening marched in the Noida Extension society to demand that the builder urgently completes pending work and ensures that another incident like the one last week, when two children fell nine floors from a utility shaft, is not repeated.
Two boys, cousins aged 12 and 9, fell into a utility shaft covered with just a PVC sheet while playing outside their flat on the ninth floor last Tuesday. Their family said they survived because WiFi cables in the shaft broke their fall.
Both of them, 12-year-old Siddharth Kumar and his younger cousin Abheek Shekhar, are getting treated at the Kailash Hospital in Sector 71, Noida. Both of them are stable, but Siddharth sustained more serious injuries.
On Sunday, the residents began marching around 7.30pm. “Till now, even the boundary wall of the society has not been completed. This is a basic thing that should have been completed when the project began. But the builder didn’t even do that. The children were saved due to God’s grace. How do we know this won’t happen with our children?,” said DK Sinha, who lives in the society.
Siddharth’s father told TOI the family didn’t take part in Sunday’s protest. “Siddharth has a spine surgery on Monday morning. We are currently focused on his wellbeing.,” said Amit Kumar (45).
The incident also brought the society under the scanner of GNIDA, which had issued a notice to Supertech. GNIDA general manager (project) AK Arora said Supertech was yet to respond. “A decision on further action will be taken on Monday,” he said. A Supertech spokesperson didn’t respond to requests for a comment.
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