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Waterlogged city cries for help

Mehakdeep Grewal, Hindustan Times  Patiala, August 18, 2013
First Published: 21:43 IST(18/8/2013) | Last Updated: 21:44 IST(18/8/2013)

Municipal corporation officials were rendered mere spectators as the Book Market, the Old Lal Bagh area and the low-lying areas remained submerged under water on Sunday, after showers that the city received on Saturday evening continued till Monday morning.

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Shopkeepers in the Book Market area even carried out protests against the alleged negligence of the civic authorities and its failure to be prepared for the monsoon.

There was knee-deep water at several places and as most manholes were choked, the city seemed drenched in much and water.

Kapil Sharma, a shopkeeper at book market, said, "Rains inundate the city every year. We are helpless. Why can't the officials devise a solution to a problem that so affects our lives every year? This is horrible."

Residents said that they had written several letters to the civic body to find a solution to the waterlogging problem, but to no avail.

"Sewage lines are choked, no cleanliness drive was carried out to clean the drains and even if it was the muck has been left out in the open. There is now the added risk of an epidemic as it has become a breeding ground for mosquitoes."

Water has also not been drained properly from these areas. Birjesh Kumar, a resident of Old Lal Bagh, said, "Every year, we are told that there will an improvement in the situation. However, till date nothing has been done to set things right."


 

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