Rain results in waterlogging near JDA building; staff, visitors harried

  • Jatinder Mahal, None, Jalandhar
  • Updated: Aug 08, 2014 21:54 IST

A heavy spell of rain coupled with a poor drainage system causes a huge inconvenience to both the staff and visitors to the offices of Jalandhar Development Authority (JDA) and Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority (PUDA) which are housed in the same building here.

Sadly, this has been a common sight for the past several years.

People have to wade through a huge pool of water which takes days to recede. With the arrival of rains every year, the area converts into large pond that makes it difficult for the visitors to reach the PUDA complex.
It is one of the most-visited spots in the city since it is located near the district administrative complex and commissionrate police office.

A few hours of rain inundates the area and it becomes difficult for motorists and pedestrians to pass through the stretch.

Employees working with JDA and private offices have been facing inconvenience for the past many years.
Even as the PUDA building has several offices such as newspapers, banks, radio station etc, the municipal corporation and administration have not done anything to solve the problem.

Resident speak:

"The place remains waterlogged for several days. The threat of outbreak of diseases is looming large in the locality. The Municipal Corporation of Jalandhar should something well on time or it can prove dangerous for residents of the city."
— Nav Priya, visitor

"Rainwater blocks both the routes to JDA office which makes it very difficult to reach various offices located here. Due to waterlogging, people are left with no option but to take other route to reach the offices which takes extra time."
— Sandeep Sharma, resident

"Nobody cares about the civic problems the city residents are facing. Even a little rain results in waterlogging which passerby to cross the roads but authority does not cares about that people facing unconvinced."
—Michal Ohri, businessman

Official speak:

"This is MC's duty. Despite our department complained about this several times, the situation remained same. We are planning to install dustbins and do patchwork at the entry points near JDA premises soon so that water is not blocked."
— Gurpreet Singh Khehra, chief administrator, JDA

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