THOUGH THE residents of low-lying areas and local authorities have heaved a sigh of relief with the stopping of rains, the problems continued due to muddy, potholed roads and generation of huge amounts of garbage. Like on the earlier occasion, the entire focus is again shifted to the garbage lifting and widening of nullahs.
The problem of water-logging during Thursday and Friday was not as severe as on August 13/14. However, the situation further deteriorated, as the people were already battered by flood all through last fortnight of August.
If the BMC staff is to be believed, there was not much garbage to lift from the worst flood-affected localities including Mahamai ka Bagh, Dwakra Nagar, Pushpa Nagar, Narialkheda, Naya Basera, Garam Gaddha, Kammo Ka Bagh, Indira Nagar, Khushipura and Gautam Nagar etc. They said that most of the garbage lifting work was already completed on Friday.
Besides widening of nullah on the outskirts of the City, the BMC also started the widening of nullah passing from No 5 Bus Stop and Machna Colony. The widening of Patra Nullah in the villages including Kolua, Karariya and Semra is also continuing.
BMC Commissioner Manish Singh said that the cleaning and widening of nullahs inside the City would also be intensified now. He also ordered to run the dredging machines for at least 13-hours every day at these nullahs.
The BMC officials said that the widening of Patra Nullah at these villages averted water-logging this time round. The level of water in this nullah inside the City was very low if compared to the levels on August 13/14. But the roads are full of mud and filth in some of the localities.
Meanwhile, the district administration has also been receiving requests for survey to assess the damage during the past two days’ rain. The district administration had already completed the survey after the rains on August 13/14. The survey had found about 48,000 flood-affected families in the City.
Medical camp for flood victims
Asha Niketan Welfare Centre organised fourth medical camp at Mahashakti Sewa Kendra in Dwarka Nagar in collaboration with Dwarka Nagar Yuva Mandal, St Anthony’s Church. The camp was a part of the flood relief programme carried out by the organisation. Besides Archbishop Pascal Topno, other dignitaries present in the camp included Indira Iyengar, Fr. Joseph Thannipilly, Fr. P Soosai and Fr. Bruno.