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The South Campus story: Overflowing sewage and stench

delhi Updated: Aug 07, 2011 01:08 IST
Rajat Arora

Students of Delhi University's South Campus have to cross a filthy stretch filled with sewage water to reach their college.

The sewage lines running through Benito Juerez Road, which houses the South Campus, are overflowing and the filth accumulated in the area is creating trouble for everyone.

"The old, leaky pipes are not just corroded but clogged with garbage and sewage does not flow freely through the lines. The manholes in front of our college are overflowing every now and then," said P Hemalatha Reddy, principal, Sri Venkateswara College.

Spilling of sewage water has made life miserable for the occupants, leading to several

problems. The college has written to the authorities several times to get the problem fixed, but they haven't received any response.

"The drainage system fills beyond its capacity and sewage mixed with rainwater floods the road. Moreover, it is an ugly sight. The stink that it raises is unbearable. There's a huge problem of water logging," said Rajendra Kumar, vice-principal, Sri Venkateswara College.

Overflowing from the manholes has made the road slippery and dirty. The students and residents live in the fear of dangerous diseases.

"The water pipelines cut across sewage lines. There's always a danger of water contamination. That will further deteriorate the situation," said Dilpreet Kaur, a resident of Anand Niketan.

"Students are frequently falling ill due to water-borne diseases, thanks to sewage water spilling over on the street, which has become the breeding ground for mosquitoes," said professor SK Tandon of Sri Venkateswara College.

"I didn't know about this issue. We'll definitely look into it and get the problem fixed," said a senior official of the Delhi Jal Board.