Rains have yet again brought Bhopal to a standstill, exposing the poor maintenance of roads and sewerage network in the city.
Traffic was reduced to a crawl in many parts of the city, with the patchwork done by the Bhopal Municipal Corporation falling apart, with many roads burrowed up. A cleaning campaign of nullahs in the city also went in vain as rainwater flooded several drains, with refurbishment work after the laying of sanitation pipes making commuting difficult for vehicles and pedestrians alike.
Nearly two thirds of Bhopal doesn’t have a proper sewerage system, with much of the raw sewage or septic tank outflows being discharged into open drains that flow into the nearby watercourses or seep into the ground. The encroachment of the existing drains at various points has not helped — the overflowing of rainwater is creating a flood-like situation at traffic signals, with Peergate to Ibrahimpura, Moti Masjid Road, Professor Colony signal, Polytechnic Square, Jail road, Malviya Nagar and Jawahar Chowk severely affected.
Overflowing garbage from dustbins was a common sight in many areas. The posh New Bhopal Arera Colony, Gulmohar and Shahpura areas were water-logged because of a poor drainage system.
Meanwhile, residents living in the Old City area and the low-lying slums of Banganga, Shahjanabad and Jehangirabad had to navigate through knee-height water-logged roads and the entire region had a foul smell, as it was littered with garbage, polythene bags, sacks and various waste ranging from broken glasses to plastic cups.
The rains also caused an empty house at Jehangirabad, Barkhedi locality to collapse. The police said that the house was in a dilapidated condition and nobody was injured in the incident.
Box: BMC emergency control room numbers and rescue operations
BMC call centre is receiving complaints related to rain, water logging, falling of trees and flooding. Control room has also been set up at the Sadar Manzil fire Brigade office, central workshop, Mata Mandir and all the 14 zone offices.
“This time more than water logging, we are getting complaints of fallen trees. About 18-20 trees have fallen in Kolar, Kohe-fiza, Nehru Nagar and Idgah Hills.
4 teams have been appointed and the entire city is being administered through them. Apart from this one additional commissioner is appointed at the main disaster management control room located at the Sadar Manzil fire office”, said Pradeep Verma, additional Commissioner, BMC
Main emergency control room -0755- 2542222/2542251
In-charge: Pradeep Verma – 9424499888
Flood Helpline number - 1079
BMC Call Centre -0755-2701000, 2701012/13,
Toll free number- 18002330014