After three years of persuading the authorities to initiate projects to handle the issue of waterlogging, the residents of Kailash Colony remain a disappointed lot. The projects were proposed by architects and engineers from the colony to solve the massive waterlogging problem in L and A blocks. They say that the problem has been permanent since the colony was established in the 80s.
After years of struggle and legwork, all projects were finalised six months back and the construction was on in full swing. But the residents claim that many of them have been left incomplete and those which were completed have faults.
They say that the SDMC should have constructed a pavement 10 inches higher than the surface level with a bell mouth which is made on the side of the pavement so that there is a gap for water to flow. However, the residents point out that the water harvesting pits are made on the same level and even lower because of which these pits will fail to divert the rainwater.
They also complain that the pathways are broken and the new tiles, stone slabs are all over the place. The residents had also requested the authorities to close the old stormwater drain which is no more in use as this has become a breeding ground for mosquitoes.
“Whenever it rains, the colony gets submerged in water. The modification of drains is a long pending project with the SDMC and this is how they plan to complete it. We stay in a low-lying water catchment area which fills with water till our knees,” said DB Sood, general secretary, Kailash Colony RWA.
Residents have complained of poor workmanship, substandard material used and faulty design of the waterlogging pits. The recent rain left the area flooded as residents had to struggle with an incomplete stormwater drain in L block. After a series of meetings with the authorities, the residents were assured that the drain will be covered with slabs from the colony gate up to the main road. In the absence of lids, the drain remains filled with garbage, filth and debris that block the rainwater.
“The neglected old drain that encircles the garbage bin was to be filled. We have been running from pillar to post for the last three years to get these projects through but we are not satisfied with the quality as they have faulty design and are incapable of tackling the problem of waterlogging,” said RP Kalia, 88, a resident.
Residents are now hopeful as the SDMC has promised to fix the drain near A-block before the onset of monsoon. While work on the drain is ongoing from the Metro station till the residential colony, residents claim that the construction material is of low quality. While the drain had been designed to divert the rainwater and prevent flooding of the area, residents feel that it will fail to serve the purpose due to the faulty plan.