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This monsoon expect more drain-clogging

FEAR OF water-logging looms large over the city as the drain cleaning work by the Kanpur Municipal Corporation on the Departmental Construction Unit (DCU) procedure might continue during the Monsoon season also.

india Updated: May 09, 2006 00:03 IST

FEAR OF water-logging looms large over the city as the drain cleaning work by the Kanpur Municipal Corporation on the Departmental Construction Unit (DCU) procedure might continue during the Monsoon season also.

However, the KMC has fixed June 15 as a fresh deadline, but as the work has begun late and with the available infrastructure it is difficult for the officials to meet the deadline. Sources said the delay in payments was also the reason behind the slow progress.

According to sources, it was after five days of the initiation of drain cleaning work that the KMC was able to hire a folk land machine meant for de-silting of big drains.

However, rent of the machine has become a matter of grave concern, as the KMC administration would have to cough up about Rs 2,200 per day for it.

According to the KMC officials, the work undertaken by the Health Department has picked up pace but the drain cleaning work under the engineering section has just started.

The KMC officials said the main reason for slow pace of the work in the engineering section was the unavailability of funds.

The administration had to release Rs 15 lakh in advance to complete the drain cleaning work. But the amount for the same has not been released yet.

However, a senior official said that the payment to the engineering section would be made within couple of days.

The officials said the drain cleaning work would continue even during the Monsoon season as the initiation of the same had been delayed for over a month now.

Besides, the sources said the KMC at a time was able to use two small de-silting machines and two JCB for cleaning up of the drains while the folk land machine which has been hired today would be pressed into service from tomorrow onwards.

The officials said that major water-logging problem would be sorted out, as big drains of the city would be cleaned up by that time.

To ensure that de-silting of the drains was being done, the municipal commissioner Badal Chatterjee has ordered to take the photographs of the de-silting process.

The official said that the move was to check the complaints that the drains were cleaned only on papers.