Incessant rain turns bane for locals

  • Navrajdeep Singh, None, Patiala
  • Updated: Jul 12, 2015 21:29 IST
Commuters have a tough time making their way through waterlogged roads after continuous rainfall, in Patiala on Sunday. Bharat Bhushan/HT

The incessant rainfall for the past over 48 hours exposed the ill-preparedness of the municipal corporation (MC) to tackle waterlogging as all roads were inundated causing a flood-like situation in the city on Sunday.

The waterlogging problem turned bane for residents as the civic authorities are unable to control it. From the market areas to the residential areas, the city was two to three feet deep in water. Besides, the low-lying areas, water entered the houses in residential colonies situated outside the walled city.

Besides spending lakhs on cleanliness of drainage system, the authorities made tall promises every monsoon season, but rain wiped out all assurances and claims of the civic body of providing respite from waterlogging.

However, this time, the delay in carrying out cleaning of one of the main covered drain has deteriorated the situation. Every nook and corner of the city has been flooded with rain water and there is break-down of the drainage system.

Shopkeepers had a harrowing time saving their goods from rainwater. TB Hospital, near the Mall Road, looked as if it has submerged in a pond, which led to difficulties for patients and visitors.

Choking of sewerage added to the worries of residents of several colonies after pipes bounced back resulting in accumulation of water, especially in the low-lying areas.

It was all flood-like situation across several parts of the city as people could be witnessed trying hands to drain out water that entered their residences.

"The civic authorities seem to be sleeping and insensitive towards plight of the common man. They should at least come out to see the ground realities," said Harnam Singh, a resident of Khalsa mohalla.

Mayor Amarinder Bajaj said the teams of the drainage department are on the work as pumping machines are operating to drain out water from waterlogged streets.

With the MC body is going to complete it one year in August, nothing much has changed as condition of sewer and drainage system got bad from worst.

"We can only drain out water but can't stop rains. It is sense of satisfaction that they have managed to act swiftly in draining out water in no times", he said.

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