With monsoons a week away, MC appears unprepared

  • Navrajdeep Singh, Hindustan Times, Patiala
  • Updated: Jul 07, 2014 23:32 IST

With monsoons just around the corner, the Patiala Municipal Corporation (PMC) have again started making stop-gap arrangements to check water logging while failing to come up with a concrete solution to the problem which brings the city to a standstill every year.

Areas of old Patiala or walled city are largely prone to water logging while areas between Badi Nadi and Choti Nadi in new Patiala are the worst affted during the rainy season. It usually takes 3-4 hours to clear the flooding in old Patiala.

A random survey of the city revealed that sewers were yet to be cleaned in most areas. The covered 'nullahs' which have not been cleaned up properly were the cause of flooding in the past years.

Apart from residents, PMC officials also struggle to cope with the problem even during scanty rains.
The PMC is behind schedule as cleaning up of sewerage in the city would take at least another 10 days to complete while the MeT department has predicted rains from the first week of July.

Joint commissioner Nazar Singh said cleaning of drains was in full swing and officials concerned were instructed to finish it at the earliest.

"The workers have been deployed especially to clean the Jacob drain, a major source of flooding. We have already made all arrangements to drain out water within minutes of rain," said Singh.
He added special care was being taken to clean the sewerage in low-lying areas and authorities were instructed to be ready with alternative plans during heavy rains.
The drainage department had already started cleaning the Ghaggar, drains in Samana mandi, Sarai Patti, Badi Nadi and Choti Nadi.Saying that more than `60 lakh had been spent on strengthening the drains, embankments of rivers and rivulets, Patiala deputy commissioner Varun Roojam added, "We have been minutely overseeing the cleaning process as strict action will be taken against negligent officials."

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