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Incomplete drain: Residents face problems

AN OX fell in the drain under construction about a fortnight back, which could be taken out with the help of a crane. A couple Piyush Gupta and Sadhna Gupta also fell in the drain and were injured. The residents of the area pulled them out. For the last over five months, the residents and shopkeepers of the Sant Nagar area are facing problems on regular basis due to pending drain renovation work.

india Updated: Jun 03, 2006 00:11 IST

AN OX fell in the drain under construction about a fortnight back, which could be taken out with the help of a crane.

A couple Piyush Gupta and Sadhna Gupta also fell in the drain and were injured. The residents of the area pulled them out.

For the last over five months, the residents and shopkeepers of the Sant Nagar area are facing problems on regular basis due to pending drain renovation work.

The KMC officials were citing fund crunch as the reason behind the incomplete drain renovation work. Whereas municipal commissioner Badal Chatterjee has given Rs 10 lakh as advance to carry out development work in General Ganj area at the behest of a high profile politician said to be close to chief minister. Earlier, the KMC engineers stopped the work claiming that the work could be carried out only when the Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd removes the telephone lines. However, even after the telephone lines were removed, the KMC did not start the work thus bringing more and more difficulties for the residents and about a dozen shopkeepers. The KMC had dug up the area as the drain had to be renovated.

Reason: The existing drain, which according to the residents is of British period and has caved in at some place and developed cracks at other places. However, even after over five months from the date of starting of the renovation work, the drain had not been built.

The residents also claimed that whenever the engineers of the area were requested or inquired about the development, they express their helplessness in this regard and cite fund crunch as the reason for delay. The residents also claimed that an engineer also asked for Rs 50,000 from the residents and the shopkeepers if they wanted drain work to be completed soon.

Enraged over the same, about a dozen shopkeepers and residents today knocked at the doors of municipal commissioner Badal Chatterjee and apprised him of the situation. He assured them to look into the matter. and directed the officials to identify the engineer who had asked for Rs 50,000 from the residents.