30 hours' rain puts Indore knee deep into trouble

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Indore
  • Updated: Jul 19, 2015 21:30 IST
After a dry spell of 22 days, Indore witnessed monsoon rain on Saturday, bringing relief to the people. (Arun Mondhe/HT photo)

Around 700 people from Tapu Nagar, CP Shekhar Nagar and other low lying areas of Indore have been shifted to dharamshalas and government schools on Sunday following 30 hours rainfall.

The city received 231.648mm rainfall since Saturday evening which submerged most parts of business capital and several low lying areas in the region.

Talking to HT, additional district magistrate (ADM) Deepak Singh said: “The low lying areas in the city have been evacuated as a precautionary measure. About 700 people from slum dwellings have been shifted to nearby government schools and food packets have been distributed.”

“The situation is critical in Sangam Nagar and Kushwaha Nagar areas. If rainfall continues on Sunday night, the residents of these areas will have to be shifted to safer locations,” municipal commissioner Manish Singh said. Musakhedi, South Toda and other areas on the bank of the Kahn River are also standing on the brink of submergence.

Many colonies and business areas in Banganga, Malganj, Biyabani, Lohar Patti, Gangwal bus stand and Malviya Nagar have become almost inaccessible due to intense water logging and muck.

District collector P Narahari and municipal commissioner Manish Singh inspected various parts of the city on Sunday morning to take stock of the situation. Sub-engineer Vinod Agarwal was suspended by the commissioner for going on leave without intimation in the contingency like situation. Besides show cause notice was also served to a zonal officer Ashok Sharma of zone number 18.

“About 50 colonies in city have been submerged due to the rain. We had deployed earth-movers to make channels so that rainwater could be drained into the nearby nullahs…The corporation also had to snap power supply in some colonies,” Singh told reporters.

“We are more worried about the 29 villages which were recently inducted into the corporation's fold. These villages do not have proper drainage system and conditions are worse as compared to other parts of the city,” the commissioner added.

Devguradia, Kanadia and villages adjoining the bypass road are reported to be under two-three feet water. According to the IMC control room areas like Ram Bagh Colony, Archana Nagar, Gadda Basti, New Govind Nagar, Khajrana Square, Sadhana Nagar, New Sundar Nagar, New Siyaganj and several slums on the bank of Kahn River have been submerged and are under at least two feet water.

'Lack of pre-monsoon clean up led to waterlogging'

According to locals, this year the Indore Municipal Corporation did not undertake pre-monsoon maintenance works, including cleaning of clogged drains, which has lead to waterlogging in several areas.

“Driving on waterlogged roads gets very difficult and the situation is even worse inside the colonies,” said Arpit Jain, a Saket Nagar resident.
Another Amit Jaiswal, a resident of Chhavni area, blamed the IMC for being “ill-prepared for monsoons.”

According to sources, trees have been uprooted at 15 places across the city, all of which were removed by the corporation.

Schools closed

Indore district collector P Narahari announced holiday for schools on Monday after conducting physical inspection of the city. The colleges will function normally.

Water level in lakes rises

The water level in all the four major lakes of the district has risen in the last 24 hours which recorded 9.12 inches of rainfall. Yeshwant Sagar lake is overflowing having risen from 14 feet to 19 feet and siphons have been opened to let off the excess water.

Bada Bilawali lake is standing at 17.3 feet, while Pipliyapala and Chota Sirpur lakes are standing at 14 feet and 13 feet respectively. The water level at Choti Bilawali is 4 feet, Limbodi lake is 8 feet and Bada Sirpur is standing at 12 feet level.

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