First monsoon rain causes waterlogging on Ranchi roads

  • Sanjoy Dey, Hindustan Times, Ranchi
  • Updated: Jun 23, 2015 15:12 IST

The monsoon hit the state Capital, bringing respite from sweltering heat and miseries for its citizens, as over 20mm rainfall during the past 24 hours caused water-logging in various colonies and traffic gridlock in some areas, according to reports on Monday.

It also exposed the Ranchi Municipal Corporation’s lack of preparation to keep the city clean during the rainy season, reports said.

The weather office predicted that the monsoon would cover the entire state by Tuesday.

The department also issued warning for heavy rain at isolated places.

Director of Ranchi met centre BK Mandal told Hindustan Times, “The state may receive widespread rains for next few days due to impact of monsoon trough line over Jharkhand.”

He said overnight rain reduced the state’s rainfall deficit from 47% on Sunday to 37% on Monday.

Rainwater entered several houses in Kanta Toil, Indraprastha Colony in Bariyatu and Shahdeo Nagar, reports said.

A resident of Indraprastha colony Anita Devi said, “We had to struggle to deal with waterlogging, as the colony lacks drainage. We are requesting RMC officials to set up a proper drainage system but our requests all fell on deaf ears.”

Similarly, overflowing drains caused traffic grid-lock in Karam Toil Chow, Mission Chowk, Power House Chowk and Kokar distillery pool area. A resident of Bariyatu Anuj Sinha said, “Most of the drains in the city are chocked.”

In April this year, RMC said it would improve roads and drainage system before the monsoon by constructing over 400 new drains and roads and the project was estimated at Rs 15 crore. Tenders were also floated for construction of the new drains and roads but nothing has been done under the project.

Deputy mayor of Ranchi Sanjiv Vijayvargiya said, “The project got delayed due to some technical reasons."

He said, “The work has been allotted to 176 groups but they were not given the work order. We have expedited the process. Work order will be given to them in a day or two.”

He, however, admitted that the rainy season would affect construction of drains.

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