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Silt deposits mock clean-up drive

DESPITE MUNICIPAL commissioner Badal Chatterjee?s instructions, silt is being dumped on roads by Kanpur Municipal Corporation employees after drains and sewer lines are cleaned.

india Updated: Jun 04, 2006 10:23 IST

DESPITE MUNICIPAL commissioner Badal Chatterjee’s instructions, silt is being dumped on roads by Kanpur Municipal Corporation employees after drains and sewer lines are cleaned.

The result: All the silt goes back into the drains and sewer lines, thereby making a mockery of the clean-up exercise. The silt that remains on roads poses a danger to commuters.  The situation worsened on Saturday, when the city received moderate rainfall in the evening.

The sight of open manholes and silt has become common in the city.
There are 127 drains in the city and only 62 have been cleaned till date. The silt of most of these drains lies on roads at P Road, Zarib Chowki, Gumti, Jawahar Nagar, Govind Nagar and Saket Nagar. The KMC authorities have made no effort to remove silt from roads despite complaints by residents.

The situation is particularly alarming on the main road at Sarvodaya Nagar.
The RTO office, the Labour Court, a private hospital, a newspaper office, Delhi Public School and the Central Custom and Excise are located on this road. 

Over 16 outlets have been created to clear the silt deposited in drains. These outlets are posing a danger to commuters. It is feared that during the rains, the silt will again go back into the drains.

The situation is no better in the southern areas of the city. Govind Nagar resident Anita Dua said heaps of silt were lying un-disposed on the road. They had not been cleared even after several reminders to KMC authorities.