The first monsoon shower threw daily lives out of gear on Thursday as most parts of city reported serious water-logging, exposing the civic body’s poor monsoon preparedness.
Garbage-clogged overflowing drains and waterlogged roads were a common sight across the eight zones under the Jaipur Municipal Corporation (JMC), especially the Old City areas, even though the civic body officials claimed work to clean drains was going on smoothly.
The city received mild rainfall for around one-and-a-half hours from 8.30 am.
According to locals, the private contractors hired by the civic body to clean the drains in the city were irregular, did a shoddy job and always left muck near the drains, which made their way back into the drains as soon as it rained.
“When the cleaning staff comes to clean drains in our area, they just pick the garbage from the sewers and leave it next to it. The drains in our area are completely water-logged since the last few days,” said Subhash Chowk, in Old City, resident Omprakash Pangra. He said the sanitation worker even told him that it was not his job to remove garbage from the spot and even dared him to lodge a complaint with the JMC.
The narrow-laned Walled City faces severe water-logging every year.
Meanwhile, municipal corporation officials said the work for clearing drains was going on smoothly.
“We have sped up the work to clear drains ahead of monsoons and private contractors have been given the responsibilities for the same in different wards. They are doing a satisfactory job and within a few days most of the waterlogged drains will be cleaned,” said JMC deputy commissioner Amitabh Kaushik.
‘Labourers hired by pvt contractors underpaid’
Akhil Bhartiya Safai Mazdoor Sangh president Rajkumar Gathera, however, said the labourers hired by the private contractors were underpaid and exploited.
“The contractors pay labourers much less than the stipulated price for such work. They pay a group of 3-4 labourers `300-350 and keep the remaining amount, but submit inflated bills to the JMC,” said Gathera. The association on June 21 lodged a complaint accusing the civic body of not paying dues of their members for the last two months.
He also accused the assistant engineer and executive engineer in different wards of being hand in glove with the contractors.