The death of 12-year-old Upinder, a resident of Gate Hakima, who fell into an uncovered manhole and drowned near his house on Monday, has brought the Amritsar municipal corporation (MC) out of its slumber to order a survey of the uncovered manholes for covering.
The MC has given the officials concerned two days’ time for the survey and covering open manholes. Besides, the MC has also given 15 days’ time to the officials to find and fix those sewers which are above or below the road level.
Two-year back, when a 27-year-old interior designer had died in an accident due to open manhole, much had been promised by the authorities even then; however, uncovered manholes continue to pose threat to commuters and pedestrians, besides unruly traffic.
Not just the uncovered manholes, but uneven sewers and manholes also are also pose threat to the commuters and pedestrians.
Terming the death of the 12-year-old boy “unfortunate”, municipal commissioner Pradeep Sabharwal said, “The officials concerned have been directed to conduct a survey of the manholes and their condition for rectification. Besides, the MC is also looking for open manholes that pose a threat to the residents.”
He said the open manholes would be covered in two days. “Instructions have also been issued to identify uneven manholes for leveling with the road,” Sabharwal added.