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Patiala MC racing against time to deal with monsoon

Officials of the Patiala municipal corporation seem to be in a race against time to ensure that the city is ready to face the monsoon, expected in the first week of July.

punjab Updated: Jun 22, 2015 22:18 IST
HT Correspondent

Officials of the Patiala municipal corporation seem to be in a race against time to ensure that the city is ready to face the monsoon, expected in the first week of July.

As of now, indications are that the preparations would prove inadequate and as with all previous years the city would be flooded even after an hour's rain and inconvenience would the order of the day for the residents of the 'Royal City'.

The only step that the corporation has taken to prepare for the rain is de-silting some sewers in certain areas, but here too is very unlikely that the monsoon would hit the city before the task is complete.

In an indication of poor prioritisation, the de-silting has been started even as the major and more important task of cleaning the covered drain that passes through the interior localities of the city is yet to be started. This drain is a bottleneck point and leads to acute waterlogging, inconveniencing hundreds of residents.

The covered drains (nullahs) are another major cause of flooding and no plan has been drawn up to deal with the issue.

Areas of old Patiala or walled city are largely prone to water logging while areas between Badi Nadi and Choti Nadi in new Patiala are the worst affected during the rainy season. It usually takes 3-4 hours to clear the flooding in old Patiala.
Open manholes to be death traps

This is an issue that the perhaps the MC officials will wake up only when there is a major disaster. There are a number of manholes that have not been covered in the city and the authorities make do with just indicating it by marking such areas with trees or bricks. On an inundated city street, residents could just be one step away from falling into these open manholes and a painful death.

JS Bhatti, a resident of Model Town, Patiala, said, "In an example of utter apathy, a manhole in the area continues to be without a cover for months. Leaves have been placed around it to demarcate it, yet the risk of somebody falling into is very high. The officials need to fix this problem on a war-footing."

He claimed his repeated pleas to the corporation had not yielded any response.

Official view

MC joint commissioner Nazar Singh said, "We are doing our job and taking special care to clean sewers in low-lying areas and authorities are ready with plans to tackle the monsoon and prevent flooding." He added that all open manholes would be covered before the monsoon season.

Areas prone to water logging

Sabzi Mandi Area, Book Market, Mohindera Colony, Arna-Barna Chowk, Anardana Chowk, Raghomajra Dhakka Colony, Dhillon Colony, Khalsa Mohalla, Samania gate, Old Scrap Market, Mathura Colony, Sanuri Adda, Tripari, Anand Nagra, DMW Road, SST Nagar, Guru Nanak Nagar, B-Tank Road, Jhujhar Nagar, the TB Hospital, the Bus Stand and the Railway Station.