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Heavy rain puts Bathinda out of gear for hours

The heavy rainfall brought the city to standstill as 3-4 feet water accumulated across Bathinda city on Saturday. 

punjab Updated: Jul 10, 2016 15:49 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
A cyclist wading through knee-deep water after rain lashed Bathinda on Saturday.(Sanjeev Kumar/HT Photo)

The heavy rainfall brought the city to standstill as 3-4 feet water accumulated across Bathinda city on Saturday.

The traffic on Bathinda-Mansa road halted after the vehicles stuck near under bridge due to poor drainage of rain water.

Though the much awaited rainfall has given much relief from sultry weather conditions but it has thrown life out gear as long traffic jams could be witnessed in many parts of the area.

The waterlogged roads exposed tall claims of the Bathinda municipal corporation in making all preparations to deal with monsoons.

Also, the roads in VVIPs areas including DC and IG residences and mini-secretariat were completely submerged into knee level water.

The condition was worst on power house road, ajit road, mall road, fauji chowk to teachers home, Amrik Singh road and bus stand.

Satinder Kumar of Parasram Nagar said the people have to face a lot of difficulties every time due to water logging.

“I wonder if the civic authorities are concerned at all about dealing with such a serious problem. The low lying areas are the worst affected. The civic authorities have no system to address this issue,” said Kumar.

Ranjit Singh, a shopkeeper, said with water accumulated at knee level, their businesses have been affected during monsoons as the water entered their shops.

“The civic body only talked of development of Bathinda city in paper but there was no respite to local residents from water logging. Many a times, it becomes impossible to step out of the house in such conditions”, he said.

Mayor Balwant Rai Nath said the staff has been put on duty to drain out water as quickly as possible.

“It rained heavily for more than one and half hour which increased our problems manifolds”, he said.

Meanwhile, the rain brought cheers on the faces of famers as it helped to irrigate their newly sown paddy fields.

First Published: Jul 10, 2016 15:49 IST