Municipal corporation’s (MC’s) tall claims of strengthening the sewerage and improving the drainage system in the city fell flat as waterlogging and consequent traffic jams were reported in various parts of the city after the rain on Wednesday.
The three-hour rain in the morning led to heavy traffic snarls on Dakshin and Madhya Marg. Massive potholes and waterlogged roads added to commuters’ woes.
Traffic movement was reported to be the worst-affected on Madhya Marg, Sectors 8, 9, 20, 21, 18, 16, 17, 19 and 35.
The water even entered inside some houses in Sector 41. The road leading to Sector 35 from Attaw a village, Sectors 43, 44, 45, 22, Palsora village, Burail and Sector 29’s iron market also had kneedeep water.
Besides, Industrial Area, near CTU workshop, ChandigarhPanchkula Road near Housing Board lights, and Colony number 4 and 5 were also waterlogged.
The water line was also busted near the accountant general’s (AG) office in Sector 33 causing inconvenience to commuters.
Reports of blinking traffic lights and dysfunctional signals at some of the major junctions were reported. With most roads waterlogged with choked sewers, office-goers had a hard time commuting. Water could be seen standing near Jat Bhawan in Sector 27 and commuters had to face difficulty in crossing the slip road adjoining Madhya Marg.
Colony dwellers, too, were found struggling to wade their way through knee-deep water.
While the monsoons are almost here, the MC is yet to fast track the work of cleaning sewerage and drainage system. An HT survey points out that majority of road gullies in southern sectors are blocked. Surprisingly, the MC had started cleaning work in the mid of June.
Every year, funds to the tune of Rs 9 crore are allocated for maintaining the sewerage and drainage system in the city, but the condition continues to remain the same.
There are around 30,000 road gullies in the city, and during monsoon, the MC spends nearly
Rs 1 crore for cleaning them and replacing covers every year. The civic body also hires nearly 100 people on a temporary basis for cleaning work.
When contacted, executive engineer Gurpreet Singh said, “There was no waterlogging. We addressed whatever complaints we received.”
RAIN DISRUPTS NORMAL LIFE IN RUPNAGAR
RUPNAGAR: Normal life was paralysed in Rupnagar and its surrounding areas due to the first heavy rain of the season here on Wednesday morning.
Heavy rains flooded the Rupnagar-Balachaur Road near Asron village which led to a fourhour long traffic jam causing a lot of inconvenience to commuters. The employees of the industries situated on the Rupnagar –Balachaur road and students and staff of Rayat-Bahra campus were the worst-affected and reached their destinations fourhours late.
Many low lying localities were inundated due to heavy rain. Gandhi Memorial National School’s wall collapsed and water entered the school and the adjoining Government Senior Secondary School for Girls. The wall of Heritage Haveli hotel near Solkhian village also collapsed.
Water entered many houses in Hargobind Nagar and shops in Power Colony.