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Every time it pours, waterlogging returns to haunt Panchkula residents

With roads getting waterlogged yet again following the showers on Friday morning, residents, including women and senior citizens, protested at the local market, hoping their pleas will reach the Panchkula municipal corporation.

punjab Updated: Aug 18, 2018 11:47 IST
Yuvraj Kaushal
Yuvraj Kaushal
Hindustan Times, Panchkula
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A biker hauling his vehicle after it developed a snag while riding on an inundated road in the area(HT Photo)

Residents of Sector 19 in Panchkula are a troubled lot. While the rest of the city savours rain, residents at Sector 19 experience a different view every time it pours — inundated roads and dirty rainwater entering their houses.

With roads getting waterlogged yet again following the showers on Friday morning, residents, including women and senior citizens, protested at the local market, hoping their pleas will reach the Panchkula municipal corporation (MC).

Others were seen struggling to save their belongings as rainwater filled their floors, while motorists endeavoured to wade through inundated roads after their vehicles developed faults.

Miffed, residents held a demonstration on the road, raising slogans and demanding the MC commissioner show up at the spot.

A police team reached the spot and pacified the protesters, while an MC team, accompanied by fire brigade personnel, carried out dewatering operation in the area.

“MC has failed to pay any heed to basic necessities required here. Every year, our household items are damaged by rainwater entering our houses. Who is responsible for it?” a woman, crying over her damaged furniture, questioned.

Another resident Jagdish Sharma said the authorities had miserably failed in providing a permanent solution to the annual deluge.

Ravi Kant Swami, the outgoing councillor from Sector 19, who joined the protest, said, “The MC commissioner is answerable for this mess. Nothing has been done to solve these long-standing issues, despite taking up the matter with MC several times. While the commissioner claims to give the city a makeover on the lines of foreign countries, the ground reality is this frequent deluge.”

On his part, MC commissioner-cum-administrator Rajesh Jogpal said, “It is not civic body’s fault. Haryana Shehri Vikas Pradhikaran (HSVP) manages the storm drains, and did not lay the drain network properly in Sector 19, causing frequent waterlogging.”

He further said MC was doing what it could. “This year, drains along the railway track were aggressively cleared of silt, and three rain water harvesting structures were built.”

“Now, a drone survey has been ordered of entire Panchkula, especially in low-lying sectors like 19, 14, 15 and 16, to plan fora strong drainage network,”Jogpal said.

Choe in Baltana root cause?

MC officials claim the repeated waterlogging was primarily caused due to a blocked choe crossing through Sector 19 into Baltana village in Zirakpur municipal council’s jurisdiction in Mohali district.

MC commissioner-cum-administrator Rajesh Jogpal said the choe in Baltana did not havesufficient width due to encroachments, which blocked drainage of rainwater.

In June, MC had taken up the matter withMohalideputy commissioner Gurpreet Kaur Sapra, but the latter is yet to act on it.

First Published: Aug 18, 2018 11:47 IST