Old sewerage system caves in, residents bear the brunt
A part of the sewerage line between Kumbra Chowk and PCL Chowk here collapsed on Friday, causing sewage to overflow on to road gullies in Phase 3B2 of the town.
The overflowing waste water inconvenienced residents and caused a stink in the area. The public health department will soon begin repairs, which have been delayed because of the rain on Thursday night.
To repair the sewerage line, the department had to divert sewage to the other side and construct a concrete roof. But this could not be done as the sewage did not dry up. For this, the department has pressed five water pumps into service.
People working on the site have claimed that it would take 15 days to carry out the repairs if it does not rain again.
Public health executive engineer AS Dhami said the sewerage system was 45 years old. “We have repaired one side of the wall and will construct the other side of the wall too,” he said. He said sewerage line had collapsed as the bricks and iron with which it had been made had eroded.
Last year too, the sewerage line was damaged when workers were laying underground high-tension wires. The machines used to lay these high-tension wires had damaged the sewerage line.
Former councilor Kuljeet Singh Bedi said when the sewerage line had caved in last year, a Delhi company was hired. “As per the company's report, the sewerage system was unable to take the load of the entire town. It had recommended changing of the pipeline."
He added that an estimate of Rs 5 crore had been prepared. “The deputy commissioner (DC) had written to the GMADA chief administrator for the grant of funds as the MC was cash strapped,” he said.
Contacted, DC Varun Roojam said: “The issue was taken in a meeting of GMADA as well as MC officials. Both had agreed to lay a new line. But the problem is that the new line cannot be laid in place of the old line,” he said. “We will review the proposal and find a viable solution soon."
The Bihar Cabinet on Thursday approved a policy to promote textile and leather industries in the state through incentives such as subsidies. State industries minister Syed Shahnawaz Hussain said those setting up textile and leather or related units will get capital investment subsidy up to ₹10 crore and power at ₹2 per unit under the Bihar Industrial Investment Promotion Policy (Textiles and Leather) Policy.
Senior Congress leader Siddaramaiah on Thursday ruled out any "political relationship" between his party and the JD(S) either during the upcoming Rajya Sabha polls or the 2023 Assembly elections in Karnataka. His statement gains significance, as none of the three parties has an adequate number of votes to win the fourth Rajya Sabha seat from the State Assembly. The last date of filing nominations is May 31.
Rajasthan minister Ashok Chandna has sought to be relieved of his duties while calling chief minister Ashok Gehlot's principal secretary Kuldeep Ranka as the “minister of all departments”. In a tweet in Hindi on Thursday, Chandna said, “Honourable chief minister, I have a personal request for you…relieve me of this dishonourable ministerial post. The charge of all my departments should be given to Kuldeep Ranka because he is the minister of all departments. Thank you.”
Deputy commissioner of police (central) Shweta Chauhan said the investigators checked over 500 videos of CCTV footage from the area, and examined more than 100 people. Of these, some were identified as suspects and technical surveillance was launched against them, based on which the three were arrested on Thursday, she added.
An official from the LG’s office said Vinai Kumar Saxena stopped at around 20 spots during the visit and asked the officials concerned to clean the area wherever he spotted garbage. “The LG directed the officials concerned to take action towards ensuring symmetry in city infrastructure including roads, footpaths, streetlights and signage,” Saxena’s office said in a statement on Thursday.