Two days after he joined as the municipal corporation commissioner, Rakesh Kumar Verma on Thursday directed all officials concerned to ensure that all sewerage and drain pipes in the city were cleared without any delay to avoid the accumulation of water when it rains.
Verma has directed all officials concerned to ensure the system did not fail this year. "He has directed officials of various MC departments to take measures so that the public does not suffer," joint commissioner Amarjit Singh Shekon said.
Verma also seems to have taken note of reports regarding uncollected house tax. He has asked officials to ensure there was no delay in collection of the tax, which recently became a controversial issue when an RTI application brought to light that several buildings in the city had not paid house tax.
The new commissioner has also asked officials to acquire a generator for the sewerage board so that motors being used to pump water did not stop working even when there is no electricity.
The problem of water accumulation in Ludhiana becomes rampant during monsoon. In the absence of electricity, the generator would help in pumping the water, Sekhon said.
The commissioner, meanwhile, is also not taking any chances when it comes to sanitation. "As an outbreak of water-borne diseases is more likely during this time of the year, the commissioner has asked officials to ensure slum localities, falling under the civic body's limits, are cleaned up," Sekhon said.
"To ensure there is no outbreak of dengue or malaria, the commissioner has also ordered fogging in these areas," Shekon said.