Tall claims made by the local municipal council of having adequate arrangement for the disposal of rain water during the ongoing rainy season, proved futile, when two hours of rain in the evening today, flooded the entire town and led to waterlogging in some of the low-lying areas of the city exposing the residents of these localities to an epidemic outbreak as the municipal council staff has not taken measures to drain out the standing water.
While interior parts of the city like Chakri Bazaar, Hathi gate, Khajuri gate were the worst hit many new posh localities like Dharampura Colony, New Diamond Avenue, Shastri Nagar, Urban Estate and main chowks were also flooded as most of the sewerages had been chocked up due to non-maintenance.
With heavy waterlogging, the water entered into many residences even many bikers and scooterists were stuck as their vehicles broke down in the middle of the water.
Talking to the HT, Neeraj Luthra, resident of Dharampura colony said, "it is hell here during this season. Every time when there is raining even for an hour or two, the residents of our locality get trapped in their houses as there is no arrangement for the disposal of rainy water, which get accumulated infront of our houses. Even, the plies of garbage and filth lying at every corner of the town also flow with the rain water creating miserable condition for the residents of the low lying localities".
Though, he along with other residents of the locality, had made several complaint against the lax attitude of the council employees but this too has proved futile as despite complaining several times no initiatives have been taken to ensure appropriate arrangement for the disposal of water from the locality, he added.
When tried to contact Executive Officer, Municipal Council, Batala, M.S Randhawa, he was not available for comments even after repeated attempts.