Noida: Encroachments come in the way of cleaning irrigation drain
Noida authority demolishes shanties at drain embankment in Sector 51 to provide passage to cleaning machinesnoida Updated: Jul 21, 2017 23:41 IST
The Noida authority is facing some difficulties cleaning the city’s major irrigation drain to enable it to drain rainwater away from residential areas. On Friday, it had to demolish some encroachments on the drain’s embankment in Sector 51 to enable cleaning.
The 17km drain that ends in the Yamuna has plastic, garbage and other sorts of waste blocking the flow of water. The city’s 13 other big and small drains are connected to this irrigation drain that empties rainwater into the Yamuna in Sector 150.
On Friday, the authority’s health department used two machines to clean the drain at Sector 51. It started the work at 8am and continued till evening. Smaller drains in Navada, Harola and Mamura villages were also cleaned.
The authority wants to clean the main irrigation drain as soon as possible to avoid a repeat of Thursday’s severe waterlogging. After five hours of rain, water had entered many houses and traffic movement slowed down on all major roads. The water is yet to drain out in some areas such as sectors 34 and 51.
On Friday, additional chief executive officer (ACEO), Noida authority, Rakesh Kumar Mishra, chief engineer Hom Singh and health department officials visited Sector 51 when the machines could not reach the spot for cleaning due to the encroachments.
“Today, we saw rainwater back flowing into Sector 34 and realised that it is because our main irrigation drain that originates in east Delhi and merges into the Yamuna was badly choked on Friday too. We demolished three shanties that were in the way of cleaning. We hope by Saturday we will be able to clean the drain till Barola village to make way for rainwater to drain out,” said Mishra.
Officials said solid waste from nearby villages such as Barola, Jhundpura and Hoshiyarpur being dumped into it contributed to the irrigation drain being badly choked.
“We could not clean it earlier because the UP irrigation department did not allow us. But now we have to clean it because we do not want a repeat of waterlogging the next time it rains. We are pulling out plastic and other waste material from the drain to ensure rainwater empties into the Yamuna,” said Raghunandan Yadav, senior project engineer, Noida authority.