Showers a wake-up call, Noida starts cleaning drains

60% of the drain cleaning work in Noida has been completed using motor pumps

noida Updated: Jun 20, 2017 23:48 IST
Preeety Acharya
Preeety Acharya
Hindustan Times
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A waterlogged stretch near Noida City Centre Metro station on Tuesday.(Virendra Singh Gosain/HT PHOTO)

Noida: Pre-monsoon showers on Monday and Tuesday have prodded the Noida authority to complete the cleaning of all city drains. The authority has claimed that more than 60% of the cleaning work is over.

“We have identified around 14 main drains and over 60% of the cleaning work is done. The remaining work will be done in another 10 days. Our teams are working at full throttle to clean all drains before the monsoon sets in,” said RS Yadav, senior project engineer, Noida authority.

A budget of Rs 5 crore was allotted for preparing for the monsoon, he said. Ideally, the cleaning of drains should have been over by now.

“The pre-monsoon showers have defeated the exercise. The sludge taken out from the drains remained unattended for days at various places. It went back into the drain in the rain over the last couple of days. The authorities should have completed the desilting work by mid-June,” said Bharat Bhushan of Sector 11.

According to officials, the delay in cleaning drains happened because fewer private firms came forward to undertake the exercise. Every year, the Noida authority awards the tender to private firms for cleaning of local drains. “Now the tender process is done and the work is on in full swing. The health department is leaving no stone unturned to complete the cleaning work before July 1,” Yadav claimed.

Drains of sector 19, 12, 15, 6, 34 and a few others will be cleaned in the coming days. Earth movers and other equipment will be used to finish the job by June 30. Officials have been directed by senior authorities to unclog all drains before the monsoon.

Residents, however, are not happy with the cleaning of drains. “Pre-monsoon rains have caused waterlogging in the area. The authority has been cleaning drains merely as a formality. They throw all the garbage on the road. Cleaning should be done on a regular basis but it happens only before the monsoon,” said Amit Gupta, a resident of Sector 77.

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The Noida authority is the custodian of a 17km-long irrigation drain passing through the city. Another 13 small drains are connected to the main drain, which empties into the Yamuna, near Sector 150-168. The irrigation drain originates from East Delhi.

“We will clean the irrigation drain and smaller drains to ensure that rainwater finds its way to the Yamuna and doesn’t cause flooding in residential areas. We don’t want residents to be troubled by waterlogging. Our primary focus is not to let rainwater stagnate in residential areas,” Yadav said.

The irrigation drain has been cleaned till sector 34 and the remaining stretch will be cleaned soon.

First Published: Jun 20, 2017 23:48 IST