Ludhiana: Rain brings sewerage problems of city to fore

  • Sukhpreet Singh, Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
  • Updated: Mar 02, 2015 18:47 IST

Five men of rain on Monday disrupted life of the city residents, raising questions over civic body's tall claims. Waterlogging was witnessed in most parts of the city. Most of the areas got inundated and there was no movement of traffic, which left city paralysed.

The situation reflects the civic body's complete failure in constructing storm sewerage system in the areas that suffer from waterlogging every year.

According to the meteorology department, weather is expected to be partly cloudy with possibility of rain at isolated places over Ludhiana and its adjoining areas during the next 24 hours.

Several areas of the city, including New Deep Nagar, Gill Chowk, SKS Nagar, Feroze Gandhi Market, Model Town, New Janta Nagar, Aggar Nagar, BRS Nagar, Janta Nagar, Phullanwa, witnessed severe waterlogging problem. Even the outskirts of the city were flooded.

Due to broken roads and no drainage of sewerage, residents of Manjit Nagar said they had to suffer from multiple problems. "The councillor has not spent even a single rupee to develop the area.

Roads are not built since past 15 years," said residents. Residents said foul smell emanates from the water due to which many residents face health problems.

Meanwhile, many accidents took place due to waterlogging on different roads in the area. The MC failed to timely repair the roads in the interiors of the city.

Moreoevr, according to experts from Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), rain is not beneficial to the wheat crop. Talking to HT, head of agronomy department, PAU, GS Buttar said, "Heavy rainfall is not beneficial at this time as due to heavy storm and rainfall, the small grains will not develop properly and affect the wheat crop. The crop needs bright sunshine and cool temperature."

There are a total of 14 streets in Manjit Nagar and most of the streets were spotted with full water. Residents avoided to step out from their houses and claimed that most of the sewerage pipes were blocked.

Despite several complaints given by area residents to the councillor, no development has taken place in the area. "Whenever we go to the area councillor office, she never meets us and if in case she meets, she says she had bought the voters and had spent money on that too," they added. The area councillor, Renu Bansal, meanwhile, has denied these allegations.

Major Singh resident of Manjit Nagar told that residents are suffering from many problems from past several years but no officials and authorities are interested to correct the problems of the residents. Residents appealed to the authorities to take required step to take action so that residents would not suffer from these basic problems in future.

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