The tall claims of the municipal corporation have fallen flat on the very first rain of the monsoon season. On Saturday, the city witnessed only 10 mm of rain and there were a number of complaints from different parts of the city, bringing to fore the ill-preparedness of the civic body to tackle the rainy season.
The front wheels of a sedan got stuck in the slush in Atam Nagar locality of the city, where the road had been dug up to lay a sewerage line.
The incident took place early on Saturday when Rakesh Narula was on way to his house. "There was a jerk and the car came to a standstill. The front wheels of the car had sunk into the dug-up road," said Narula.
He said that the sewerage line was being laid by the MC contractor at an inappropriate time. "The work on the 100-foot sewerage line is going on for the past two months," he said.
However, contractor Pankaj Kumar said that he was not at fault and the road caved in due to heavy rain. "Such works take time to complete. Rain loosened the mud and the car got stuck," said Pankaj.
The rain that started at around 7am subsided at around 10.30. Although there was no large-scale damage to property, but the claims of the MC that the monsoon would be "disaster-free" were exposed.
Another incident took place at Dugri where a truck of a gas company got damaged after the main road caved-in where work was being undertaken by Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authority. During the work some cables of BSNL got damaged last week. The telecom company filled the crater with mud after repairing the cables. The truck's rear tyres got stuck as the road caved-in.
According to the head of meteorology department of the Punjab Agriculture University, KK Gill, it rained 10 mm on Saturday.
It is pertinent to mention here that the MC commissioner in a meeting recently stated that the monsoon would be "disaster-free" this time.
Hindustan Times had earlier reported that the city residents were concerned about the coming monsoon due to the disasters that took a toll on life and property last year. There were road cave-ins at several places in the city last year that resulted in death of three people and damage to property worth lakhs of rupees.