Neglected for years, storm water drain turns into a sewer

  • Vatsala Shrangi, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Aug 01, 2016 20:34 IST
A tree trunk fell into the blocked storm water drain recently, choking it further. (Sanchit Khanna / HT Photo)

A drain in Greater Kailash, flowing behind Archana Complex and along the boundaries of several residential blocks, has made life miserable for the residents. Originally a storm water drain, meant to carry rainwater only, it has been carrying sewer water for years now. Residents claim both Delhi Jal Board (DJB) and South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) have turned a blind eye to the issue and the agencies keep passing the buck to each other.

The drain should be desilted routinely as it overflows each time it rains. However, this is not the only problem. The drain is choked because garbage is dumped here regularly and, recently, a tree trunk fell in it and blocked it further. The unbearable stink makes matters worse.

RWAs of several blocks have been complaining to the civic agencies but in vain. “It is a major health hazard, mosquitoes breed here and stray animals can be seen scrounging garbage on the road,” said MK Gupta, secretary of S block RWA.

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He said after the tree fell into the drain, sewage has started getting accumulated and the drain stinks even more. The DJB is to ensure that sewage doesn’t flow into it while the municipal corporation is to take care of cleaning and desilting the drain regularly. Last year, residents had approached Delhi Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung regarding the issue. In 2009, a residents’ body also approached the Delhi High Court and the court had directed the water utility to ensure sewer water doesn’t flow into the drain. But the situation has remained the same till today.

“The harmful gases that emanate from the nullah corrode the air-conditioners and cables of the houses situated along the boundary. It is a real civic mess, for which nobody is ready to own responsibility,” said Madhu Vishwas an R block resident.

A senior SDMC officials said, “We have desilted the drain. As new sewer lines are being laid in the area, we are monitoring the drain to make sure silt doesn’t go back.”

DJB officials could not be reached despite repeated attempts.

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