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Noida: Officials who failed to ensure clean drains will face action

On June 23, district magistrate BN Singh had inspected the drains in the city and said he was surprised to see the shoddy work. He found that drains were filled with plastic and filth, which could cause waterlogging and also vector-borne diseases.

noida Updated: Jun 29, 2017 22:36 IST
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Waterlogging following Wednesday’s rainfall.
Waterlogging following Wednesday’s rainfall.(Sunil Ghosh/HT Photo)

The district magistrate has asked the health department of Noida authority to identify the officers responsible and also reasons for “shoddy cleaning of drains” ahead of the monsoon.

On June 23, district magistrate BN Singh had inspected the drains in the city and said he was surprised to see the shoddy work. He found that drains were filled with plastic and filth, which could cause waterlogging and also vector-borne diseases.

“We have written to Noida authority to look into the matter. Cleaning of drains should be done as soon as possible to avoid problems to residents. Anyone found on the wrong side of the law will face action. Filthy drains could become a breeding ground for mosquitoes and subsequently, lead to vector-borne diseases, especially now that the monsoon is here,” Singh said.

Chief medical officer Anurag Bhargava had also joined Singh for the inspection. “Drains were not clean and were filled with plastic. If drains are not cleaned properly, it will cause problems for residents,” Bhargava said.

In the letter, it has been mentioned that cleaning of drains has not been done properly and it should be done before the onset of monsoon.

Noida authority had recently claimed that 70% of the city’s drains have been cleaned and the remaining will be done by June 30. “We have identified around 14 main drains for cleaning and over 60% of the work is done. The remaining work will be done in another 10 days. Our teams are working in full speed to clean all drains before the onset of monsoon,” RS Yadav, senior project engineer, Noida authority told HT on June 20.

A budget of Rs5 crore was also allotted for the pre-monsoon preparations.

On Thursday, HT made several attempts over the phone and text message to get in touch with Yadav but he was unavailable.

According to officials, cleaning of drains has been delayed as the authority received few tenders from private firms. Every year, the authority issues tenders to private firms for cleaning drains. “Now, the tender process has been completed and the work is in full swing. The health department is leaving no stone unturned in completing cleaning work before July 1,” Yadav had said.