Rain washes away MC's tall claims
The Amritsar Municipal Corporation's lofty claims of preparedness for the monsoon literally went down the drain on Wednesday. The corporation's Rs 1.34-crore drainage system on the Majitha Road and desilting of the sewerage systems in different localities didn't seem to work, as 53-mm of rain submerged many parts of the city.punjab Updated: Aug 22, 2012 21:29 IST
The Amritsar Municipal Corporation's lofty claims of preparedness for the monsoon literally went down the drain on Wednesday. The corporation's Rs 1.34-crore drainage system on the Majitha Road and desilting of the sewerage systems in different localities didn't seem to work, as 53-mm of rain submerged many parts of the city.
Ironically, the MC's own office at the Town Hall, and the areas around it, witnessed major waterlogging within minutes of the heavy rain that lashed the city on Wednesday. Several government offices were also flooded. The showers, which had initially cheered the residents, became a source of irritation soon, as their vehicles got stalled on the flooded streets.
The MC authorities claimed that the situation could have been worse if the drain in question had not been working.
They further claimed that despite the intensity of the rain, the roads had started to clear off by the evening.
The areas which were severely inundated included localities situated on the Court Road, Majitha Road, Taylor Road, Maqbool Road, Basant Avenue, Fatehgarh Churian Road and areas in and around the walled city.
The MC's own premises, that house a police station and the office of the fire brigade, remained submerged till the late evening hours. Daily commuters traversing the elevated road said despite all the fortune spent on it, a ride along the ambitious boulevard became a nightmare due to a huge puddle of water formed there.
"Accidents are often reported along the incline of the elevated road, as the puddle forces the speeding vehicles to slow down, causing the ones tailing them to ram into their rear," said Rashpal Singh, a commuter.
Municipal Commissioner Dharampal Gupta said efforts were being made to ensure that the rainwater did not collect on the roads. "We are doing every thing within our power to prevent the waterlogging," he said.
Go for rain harvesting
Meanwhile, an NGOs dealing with environmental issues urged the residents to go for rainwater harvesting.
"As is our usual practice, we seized this opportunity to collect the rainwater by placing every available container out. We collected quite a lot of water that could be used for various purposes," said Deepak Babbar, director, Mission Aagaaz.
District agriculture officer Dilbagh Singh Dhanju said all blocks except Majitha and Ajnala had received a good amount of rain. "This has helped deal with leaf folder, a pest, for which farmers need not resort to spraying pesticides. The weather is good for plants. The crops get nutrients, particularly nitrogen," he said.