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THE ST(RAIN)

Saturday?s heavy showers swept several localities of the city into a ?bandh? like shell. The wet blanket spread its stain so wide that even ?water-proof? VVIP localities like the Kalidas Marg were not spared. The marathon downpour once again sent down the drain, the Lucknow Municipal Corporation?s (LMC) repeated claims that the city would not face water-logging this year. Not surprising therefore public anger against the civic mess was on the rise no sooner did the water level recede.

india Updated: Jun 05, 2006 00:46 IST

WEEKEND SORROW

Saturday’s heavy showers swept several localities of the city into a ‘bandh’ like shell. The wet blanket spread its stain so wide that even ‘water-proof’ VVIP localities like the Kalidas Marg were not spared.

The marathon downpour once again sent down the drain, the Lucknow Municipal Corporation’s (LMC) repeated claims that the city would not face water-logging this year. Not surprising therefore public anger against the civic mess was on the rise no sooner did the water level recede. People came out on the streets, held demonstrations and resorted to road blockade near Haathi Park and at Nishatganj where several shops and houses were inundated, to register their protest against the apathetic attitude of the civic authorities.

In Mahanagar, power supply had to be shut down after rainwater entered the area’s sub-station. Choked sewers and blocked nullahs wreaked havoc in most parts of the city but some of the worst affected areas included Nirala Nagar, Nishatganj, Mahanagar, Gomti Nagar, Indira Nagar, Patel and Shakti Nagar, Ashiana Colony, Ismailganj, Aliganj, Jankipuram, Pratap Colony in Telibagh, Kundri Rakabganj, Peer Jalil ward, Charbagh Railway Station, Jawahar Nagar, Alamnagar etc.

Take the case of DK Tiwari, a resident of B 185 in Nirala Nagar. “I woke up at around 3.45 am and to my utter disbelief discovered water all around my place. I had to wade into knee-deep water to switch off the power supply,” said a distraught Tiwari adding that the clogged nullah in the vicinity caused the backflow.

Around a dozen houses in the neighbourhood too were similarly swamped. A UP Power Corporation Limited employee, Tiwari said the incessant rain gathered strength at around 3 am and howled down till 3.45 am. “It’s simply disgusting,” he said. But for once the revulsion was all pervasive and cut across the class barriers as several Mantri Awas on Kalidas too had to bear the brunt of civic neglect. Chairman of the State Human Rights Commission AP Mishra sent an SOS from this VVIP locality to the LMC, which promptly rushed a water pump to bail out the water. Likewise, the residences of senior ruling party leaders like Beni Prasad Verma and Rewati Raman Singh in Gomti Nagar and that of Naresh Agarwal in Mahanagar too were marooned.

Municipal Commissioner VP Singh, who set out on a stock-taking tour of the city in the morning, had to face the ire of harried residents, even corporators at several places. Singh had a spat with the local corporator Tehsin Bano after he ordered that the constructions on a nullah behind the Christian College in Golaganj should be removed forthwith.

He said the LMC was gearing up to face the situation and informed that 40 pumps had been pressed into service to tackle water-logging related problem.

The LMC chief engineer and health officers have been asked to make necessary arrangements. A round-the-clock control room too has been set up and people could lodge their complaints on telephone number 2618157, he said adding that a van and two pump sets would remain available for the purpose.