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No end to civic woes in Sec 15

The first few spells of rain have exposed the lack of preparedness on part of the civic agencies which failed to clean stormwater drains in sectors ahead of monsoon.

india Updated: Jul 03, 2011 00:16 IST
HT Correspondent

The first few spells of rain have exposed the lack of preparedness on part of the civic agencies which failed to clean stormwater drains in sectors ahead of monsoon.

As a result, residents are virtually under house arrest due to flooding of sewer water outside their homes.

Apart from the problem of overflowing sewers, part 1 of Sector 15 has been groping in the dark for the past few months due to several defunct streetlights and a host of other civic problems.

Residents blame the lack of sanitation on inadequate equipment and manpower of the local contractor.

"Our area is not being cleaned regularly by the contractor. When we enquired, sanitation workers told us they don't have enough people for the job or proper equipment to pick up garbage," said Ramesh Vashisht, a resident of the sector.

On the other hand, contractor Krishna Pal Hooda said, "The sector is cleaned on a daily basis by our workers. We immediately act on any complaint that we receive by residents. Work is being done in accordance with the contract and we have also obtained a no-objection certificate stating satisfactory work from the local resident welfare association."

Apart from sanitation, residents also complain of overflowing sewage and a blocked stormwater drainage system.

"Sewage has been overflowing in the area for quite some time but the condition has worsened after the rain. The roads are now flooded with dirty water and we can't even step out of our homes," RS Raghav, another resident added.

The lack of streetlights has also posed a security threat, especially for women and children who prefer to stay indoors after dark.

Residents say they live in fear as thefts and chain-snatching incidents are on the rise.

No official from Haryana Urban Development Authority (Huda) was available for comment on the matter.