Even as the much awaited monsoon is setting in, the municipal corporation is yet to clear the sludge, from desilting drains, which is still lying on roadsides.
Residents said that the delay in removing the sludge from roadsides is a recurrent problem, which leads to unhygienic conditions for residents and commuters. They said that dirt and sludge from drains is lying unattended in front of their houses for the last two months.
“The drains were cleaned in March but the silt has not been removed yet. One can witness growth of plants from the mounds on the roadside. The situation is a major problem for commuters and residents,” Narender Nagar of Sector 11 in Vasundhara said.
A similar situation persists even at prime locations such as Raj Nagar and on the roads leading to the district headquarters and district court, where heavy commuter movement is witnessed.
“The muck is sticking to vehicles and is also leaving less space for commuters to move on the roads. The situation is repeated every year, at least for the last few years, and it seems that people are getting used to it. It is the responsibility of the corporation to get the silt removed, failing which it dries up. However, the rains have started but the muck is yet to be cleared,” Vikrant Sharma, an environment activist, said.
The corporation started the desilting of 466 drains across the municipal area but the work is yet to be completed.
“The desilting is completed in over 80% of the drains. The silt has been lifted from more than 60%-70% of the areas. The remaining dirt will be removed very soon as the work is in process,” Dr RK Yadav, city health officer of the municipal corporation, said.
Earlier, officials said that the muck was left on roadsides for 3-4 days to let it dry, as it becomes much easier to transport it to the dumping site.
Meanwhile, Ashu Kumar Verma, the mayor, has directed that the drains be desilted thoroughly. “During my visit to some areas, I found that only the polythene was removed and upper surfaces cleaned, but not the silt deposited deep inside the drains. I have also ordered immediate removal of sludge from the roadsides and also carry out thorough desilting,” Verma said.
At present, there are 100 drains in the city — 46 in Kavi Nagar zone, 132 in Mohan Nagar zone, 104 in Vasundhara zone and 84 drains in Vijay Nagar zone — where the desilting process is ongoing.