Heavy rainfall exposes Bhopal’s civic mess

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Bhopal
  • Updated: Jul 10, 2016 12:59 IST
Wall of a shanty collapsed at Rajeev Nagar near Kotra Sultanabad during heavy rainfall in Bhopal on Saturday. (Praveen Bajpai/ HT photo)

Heavy overnight showers in Bhopal have exposed the civic authority’s claims about monsoon preparedness, especially after the city made it to the list of smart city project.

A number of roads that have been dug up, overflowing drains and the shoddy restoration work after laying sanitation pipes, have made commuting difficult for residents.

A mini flood-like situation has worsened miseries of residents residing in the low-lying areas of the city, especially south Bhopal and interiors of the Old city.

Water-logged roads and streets have started stinking in the commercial hub of the state capital, including New Market and MP Nagar.

HT toured the city to take stock of the monsoon preparedness

Rain worsens sanitation

Despite the Bhopal Municipal Corporation claims of improving civic amenities in the city, HT found that the sanitation conditions in a number of city neigbourhoods continue to be pathetic or have further worsened with the heavy showers.

BMC dustbins at many places were overflowing with garbage, many of them broken due to corrosion, spilling garbage on the roads. The littered garbage from overflowing drains and water-logged streets have started attracting stray animals and started stinking. Even up-market neighbourhoods like Gulmohar, Shahpura and Arera Colony are water-logged due of poor drainage system.

Overflowing drains littered with garbage

A number of neighbourhoods in the Old city and low-lying slums in Banganga were littered with garbage, polythene bags and domestic waste. Encroachment of the drains at a number of places, have led to a flood-like situation.

Dugout, pockmarked roads inundated

Many roads, especially in the Old City neighbourhoods, including Shahjahanabad, Rait Ghat , Jehangirabad and Royal Market are pockmarked with potholes and depressions, most of which are flooded with rainwater.

Residents in the Old City are miffed with the shoddy work in laying of the Narmada water supply pipelines and bad restoration work. The danger of hoardings and threat of collapse of dilapidated structures

Due to thunderstorms and heavy rains, the wall of the National Institute of Technical Teachers Training and Research collapsed, damaging a number of vehicles parked near the wall.

At a number of places, hoardings have fallen on the roadside, increasing the probability of accidents or mishaps on the roads. The civic authorities have failed to check mushrooming of illegal hoardings, which are potentially hazardous to vehicles and pedestrians alike.

While BMC commissioner Chhavi Bharadwaj was seen touring the affected areas since Friday night, minister of state for cooperatives, relief and rehabilitation Vishwas Sarang ferried stranded residents in the Mahamai Ka Baagh in a boat.

The Misrod police along with state disaster response force rescued 7 families including 10 women and 12 children.

BMC chairman Surjeet Singh Chouhan blamed the city building permission department for the flood-like situation. “The city drainage system of the city has not been planned properly, which has led to the flooding of a number of city neighbourhoods,” he said.

Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan convened a special meeting to take stock of the situation of the city and also visited Mahamayi ka Bagh, Dwarka Nagar and Jaatkhedi.

Emergency contact numbers

Main emergency control room 0755- 2542222/2542251

In-charge: Pradeep Verma 9 424499888

Flood Helpline number 1079

BMC Call Centre 0755-2701000, 2701012/13

Toll free number 18002330014

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