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Storm sewerage is passing just one foot beneath road: MC

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Ludhiana, April 06, 2014
First Published: 19:42 IST(6/4/2014) | Last Updated: 19:43 IST(6/4/2014)

A day after a road caved in near Dhami Eye Hospital in Kitchlu Nagar, the municipal corporation (MC) officials confirmed that the old storm sewerage was passing merely one foot beneath the road due to which the "overloaded" truck got stuck in it on Saturday.

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Now, the MC will install new pipes to avoid any mishap in future, as this old storm sewerage was made of bricks. Also, after the incident, MC installed barricades near the hospital to avoid another mishap.

The residents had claimed on Saturday that a reason behind the cave-in could be the old storm sewerage passing under the road, as a huge cave-in had occurred at the same road during monsoon in 2013.

Sub-divisional officer Amrik Singh said the storm sewerage system was passing just 1 foot under the road and was made of bricks.

Manjit Singh, additional commissioner of operations and maintenance wing of MC zones C and D, claimed that the truck was overloaded as it had more bricks than its capacity. Therefore, when the truck driver slowed down, the road caved in. He also said there were no earth covers for this storm sewerage system, which was installed many years ago, adding that new pipes would be installed at the spot to avoid mishaps.

Meanwhile, Deepika Sunny Bhalla, councillor of ward number 54, said, “The storm sewerage system is more than 45 years old. It is the need of the hour to replace this system with a new one, as cave-ins can damage houses also. The MC has failed to learn any lesson from the cave-in in 2013.”

In June 2013, after heavy rainfall, around 90-foot-long and 8-foot-deep crater had occurred on the main road in front of Dhami Eye Hospital.


 

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