Rain brings back city’s ugly side to fore

  • Arjun Sharma, Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
  • Updated: Jul 29, 2014 11:49 IST

With only 11% of the city covered under storm water sewerage, Ludhiana turned into a pool of water on Monday when 101.4mm rain lashed the city. But this was nothing new, and only a reflection of the municipal corporation (MC) not learning any lessons from monsoon creating havoc each year.

The rain brought down the maximum temperature to 29.4 degrees Celsius, while the minimum temperature recorded was 22.4 degrees Celsius.
As it started pouring on early Monday morning, almost all areas of the city got inundated within minutes, leaving hundreds of commuters stranded in one-foot-deep water and exposing promises of the state government to bring Ludhiana on par with metro cities of the country.

Areas around MC headquarters near Mata Rani Chowk, including Chaura Bazaar, Sabun Bazaar, Meena Bazaar, among others, were severely affected by waterlogging with cycle rickshaws seen struggling to make way through the flooded streets.
Even posh and upmarket localities of the city, including Model Town, Sarabha Nagar, Gurdev Nagar and BRS Nagar, remained submerged.
Other areas that were severely impacted by waterlogging were Shastri Nagar, Ferozepur Road, Janta Nagar, Samrala Chowk, Transport Nagar, Focal point and Sherpur Chowk.

LK Dhaliwal, director of School of Climate Change and Agricultural Meteorology of Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), said 101.4 mm rain was recorded on Monday. “Moderate to heavy rainfall is expected in the next 24 hours. The rain was result of activation of monsoon in the region,” said Dhaliwal.

Road cave-ins were also reported from different corners of the city. A truck loaded with gravel got stuck after a road caved in on Gill Road. A cave-in was also reported in Sarabha Nagar. Though no one was hurt, the cave-ins exposed the road infrastructure set up by the MC.

Even as various city roads got waterlogged, garbage was seen floating in water, increasing the woes of commuters. As the water subsided, roads were splattered all over with garbage.

Not only residents, but even councillors were enraged over Ludhiana turning into a pool. Parminder Mehta, spokesperson for Congress councillors, said his house in old city area got flooded with rain water entering. He said he would lodge a complaint with the Punjab and Haryana high court against the civic body that had failed to lay storm water sewerage.

Another Congress councillor, Rakesh Prasher, said MC had failed in taking measures to stop this situation from arising every year.

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