Residents of several areas of Lucknow will have a tough time this monsoon, as the Jal Nigam has expressed inability to complete the construction of roads until after the rains were over. Earlier, the department had dug up these roads for the laying of sewer lines in these areas and had promised to re-lay them by June 30.
Notably, Hindustan Times has highlighted the plight of areas like Mulayam Nagar, Surendra nagar, Indira nagar sector 21, Mahanagar. Carmal crossing, Khurram Nagar, Haiderganj, Kharika and Chaupatian in a special series this month, where HT had informed the readers about the delay and unscientific approach taken by Jal Nigam contractors in digging of roads.
As reported, ideally not more than fifty feet of road should be dug up at a stretch. Once that area is filled and completed, only then the next area should be dug up. However, this rule is seldom followed and Jal Nigam has dug up whole colonies, which has resulted in residents getting caged in their own homes whenever it rains.
Javed Ansari, general manager, Gomti Projects, Jal Nigam said, “The roads would be made fit for driving but they would be constructed fully only once the rains are over. In some places cement tiles would be placed or some compaction done but one cannot take the risk of constructing the roads completely during rains.”