Drain snafu in Bhopal: Govt to learn from June rains

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Bhopal
  • Updated: Jul 12, 2016 19:12 IST
A water logged road near Chuna Bhatti in Bhopal. The after-effects of the heavy showers are being felt in the city. (Chandresh Mathur/ HT )

This rains have laid bare what is wrong with Bhopal’s drains, and the government intends to take a closer look at them to prepare an overhaul design.

The chief minister in a tweet on Tuesday said 2016 rainfall will be the basis to design the master plan of the city’s drainage system and solve the problem of water logging permanently.

The tweet said: “2016 rainfall to be the basis of meticulous planning ”.

HT had reported earlier that authorities had failed miserably over the decades to create an efficient drainage system. Nearly two-thirds of the state capital don’t have a proper sewerage system and the city lacks storm water drain network.

On Saturday, Bhopal recorded the heaviest rainfall -- 244 mm -- for 24 hours in the month of July since 1973. The heaviest rainfall in 24 hours for July was 275.7 mm on July 22, 1973.

The after-effects of the heavy showers on Thursday, Friday and Saturday are being felt in Bhopal. The BMC call centre received around 700 complaints related to rain, water-logging, tree collapse and flooding till Monday.

The BMC had prepared a Rs 2,200-crore detailed project report for setting up the sewerage network and another one, estimated at Rs 1,200 crore, for setting up the storm water drain network in the city. But both the projects have not taken off.

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