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Monsoon woes continue for Bathinda, Cong councillors meet DC

Many parts of the city remain waterlogged after rain lashed the city two days ago. The sewerage seems to have given up as accumulated water refuses to flow out of city streets

punjab Updated: Jul 12, 2016 15:31 IST
HT Correspondent
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The waterlogged Sirki Bazaar(HT Photo)

Many parts of the city remain waterlogged after rain lashed the city two days ago. The sewerage seems to have given up as accumulated water refuses to flow out of city streets.

In many such areas, sewer lines bounced back following a fault that developed in the sullage carrier near Gheri Baghi village on Sunday morning.

Superintending engineer BD Singla said there was no option but to stop the motors that pump out rainwater because of the fault.

“This is the only reason sewer pipes overflowed in many parts of the city post rain on Saturday,” said Singla. But the civic body’s inability to deal with the rainy season is evident as many areas are still submerged in knee-deep water.

Singla said they usually ran motors to pump out water collected in sewer lines to the sullage carrier round the clock. “We use extra motors during the monsoon but the low capacity of the sullage carrier causes the drainage to slow. The corporation is planning to lay a parallel pipe of to make the carrier’s capacity better. The work on that front will start soon,” he added.

The sullage carrier was built in 1990 and has a capacity of 64 cusecs of water. He said the fault was repaired and rainwater will soon be pumped out.

However, residents of Powerhouse road, Sirki bazaar, Ajit road, Mall road, Fauji chowk to Teachers Home, Amrik Singh road, bus stand and civil station area, are the worst-hit every time it rains.

But the MC blames the topography of these areas. “These are low-lying areas that are more vulnerable to waterlogging. It takes time to pump out water from these areas,” said Singla.

Congress leaders meet DC

Congress councillors, led by leader of the Opposition Jagroop Singh Gill, met with the deputy commissioner to discuss the issue of water logging.

“Why don’t civic body authorities make adequate arrangements before the monsoon?” asked Gill.

“Water has entered houses and commercial units, causing damage to property. Who will pay for their losses?” he said.

Former Congress councillor Harmandar Singh Jassi said if the corporation failed to take action in the coming 24 hours, Congress would gherao the MC office.