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HindustanTimes Sun,21 Dec 2014

Ranchi to get over 200 drains in 55 wards soon

Sanjoy Dey, Hindustan Times  Ranchi, February 28, 2014
First Published: 14:33 IST(28/2/2014) | Last Updated: 14:42 IST(28/2/2014)

Ranchiites may not face water logging condition in the coming monsoon.

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By the end of May, Ranchi Municipal Corporation (RMC) is all set to construct over 200 drains in 55 wards, with an estimate of Rs. 5.67 crore.

The end of ongoing tussle between deputy mayor Sanjiv Vijayvargiya and RMC chief executive officer Manoj Kumar over the fund distribution issue paved the way for construction of the drains.

According to the plan, construction works may start by the middle of March.

"The CEO has accepted our demand on fund allocation for the construction of drains. We want new drains before monsoon, so that people get relief from perennial water logging problem in the city," Vijayvargiya said.

Recently, state urban development department sanctioned Rs. 6.67 crore for the construction and renovation of drains in the city.

As per the tradition, the amount had to be divided equally in each ward (around Rs. 10 lakh to each ward).

But, the CEO had reportedly cut down the amount to Rs. 8 lakh for each ward, which invited protest by councillors and deputy mayor.

The RMC board members even passed no-confidence motion against the CEO and demanded the state government for his removal on the issue. 

"Each ward will require Rs. 10-10.5 lakh for drain construction. Around Rs. 5.67 crore will be spent in 55 wards, while Rs. 1 crore is reserved. The amount will be spent whenever it is required," Vijayvargiya said.

According to RMC engineering cell, there will be around 206 drains including small and large in all 55 wards.

RMC executive engineer S Kapardar said that the average length of a drain would be 300ft. "As a whole, there will be 18-20 km drains," he said.

He said that the tender in this regard had already been floated. 

Even as RMC may consider it a big project, this would not meet the demand of the city.

Around 27.6% households across the city have no drainage facility. Almost 72.4% residents have facilities of drainage, kuccha and pucca, but out of which 23.8% drains have been closed and remaining 48.6 % drains are kept open, inviting several health hazards, according to RMC's city development plan. 


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