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Rain brings city to standstill yet again

Promises of the state government to bring Ludhiana on par with other metros of the country are washed away every time it rains. Almost all areas in old as well as other parts of the city were submerged again following the 60mm rain on Tuesday.

punjab Updated: Aug 06, 2013 20:24 IST
Arjun Sharma

Promises of the state government to bring Ludhiana on par with other metros of the country are washed away every time it rains. Almost all areas in old as well as other parts of the city were submerged again following the 60mm rain on Tuesday.

Model Town area, which is among the planned areas of the city, besides Sarabha Nagar and BRS Nagar were inundated to the extent that several vehicles developed snag in their engines, making commuters feel the absence of storm sewerage.

Other areas that were affected include Ghumar Mandi, Civil Lines, Janata Nagar, Feroze Gandhi Market, Aggar Nagar, Gill Chowk, Dugri, Chandigarh Road, Jamalpur, Akalgarh Market, Sherpur Chowk, Janakpuri, Transport Nagar, among others

It seems the authorities have become immune to the criticism that they face every time it rains, resulting in hardships for the city residents.

Although deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal's "Mission Ludhiana" proposes to ensure storm sewerage in every part of the city, the project seems impossible due to lack of funds with the state government.

KK Gill of meteorology department of Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), said it rained 60 mm in four hours on Tuesday. "The rain continued even after that but records are not available," she said.

Gill added that during the entire month of July it rained 111 mm. However on June 13, it rained 178.8 mm that had brought the entire city to a standstill.

Chaura Bazaar waterlogged
One of the commercial hubs of the city, Chaura Bazar was completely waterlogged. Water entered some of the low-lying shops in the area that resulted in inconvenience to the shopkeepers. No visitor was seen during the day at the market due to heavy rainfall.

Water enters CMCH
Patients and visitors to the Christian Medical College and Hospital (CMCH) faced hardships as water entered the hospital. People were seen struggling to reach the exit of the hospital.
Road caves in at Karabara Chowk

A trolley was stuck after a road caved in at Karabara Chowk following heavy railfall. Earth at the spot loosened due to rain, and was not able to take the load of the trolley. The trolley was later taken out.

Tree damages vehicles at Children's Park
A tree fell causing damage to vehicles at Children's Park. Two cars and an auto were damaged in the incident. No one inside the vehicles was injured. However, a guard standing on the road received injuries.