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Waterlogging at Patiala bus stand, commuters hassled

Majority of the roads and residential areas remained submerged in rainwater. Modi College road, Chandni Chowk, Old Tractor market, Nabha Gate, Khanda Chowk, Anardana Chowk, Model Town, PRTC bus stand and areas near the Gurdwara Dukhniwaran Sahib, were among the worst hit. Waterlogging also led to many traffic halts.

punjab Updated: Sep 03, 2018 22:22 IST
Hindustan Times, Patiala
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View of a waterlogged bus stand after heavy rain in Patiala on Monday. (Bharat Bhushan/ht)

The Royal City has witnessed 34.88mm rainfall from 8am to 5.30pm on Monday. The city bus stand was worst hit due to waterlogging. Commuters had to wade through submerged roads to board buses. Even the buses at the inter-state bus terminal (ISBT) were parked in deep waters.

Majority of the roads and residential areas remained submerged in rainwater. Modi College road, Chandni Chowk, Old Tractor market, Nabha Gate, Khanda Chowk, Anardana Chowk, Model Town, PRTC bus stand and areas near the Gurdwara Dukhniwaran Sahib, were among the worst hit. Waterlogging also led to many traffic halts.

Residents claim that they have been facing waterlogging problem since the establishment of the Royal City. But the authorities are yet to take action to help Patialvis who have to travel in overcrowded buses and get stuck in traffic snarls every time it rains, the residents claimed.

Vendors near to bus stand were seen trying to clear water from the roads, so that they can shift their stalls to the other side of the road. The bus stop is home to many outstation commuters as both private and public buses halt here to pick passengers, and waterlogging in this area poses serious threat to their health.

Amravati Devi, of Kaithal, said that she faced a lot of difficulty while entering the bus stand from the main gates due to waterlogging near the bridge in front of the ISBT.

“It is difficult to sit under the bus shelters due to overcrowding. I had to wade through knee-deep water while entering the bus stand to board a bus,” she said.

“The condition of this bus stand has not changed over past many years. Every time it rains, there is waterlogging on inside and outside the bus stand. Authorities’ lackadaisical approach has increased the worries of commuters,” said Buta Singh, a vendor whose shop is near the city bus stand.

“Due to waterlogging, chances of dengue and other vector-borne diseases has spiked manifold. The Punjab Roadways Transport Corporation (PRTC), along with the Patiala municipal corporation (MC), should pay attention towards these civic issues,” a health official said, requesting anonymity.

Mayor Sanjeev Sharma Bittu said that the municipal corporation will inspect the causes of waterlogging outside the city bus stand and find a solution at the earliest. “Waterlogging situation inside the bus stand will be managed by the PRTC authorities,” he added.

Despite repeated attempts, no PRTC official could be contacted for a comment over the issue.

Weather Update

The city witnessed rain throughout Monday. The minimum temperature in the Royal City was recorded at 25.9°C and maximum at 27.8°C. This maximum temperature in the Royal City was five notches below normal. As per the meteorological department (MeT), moderate to heavy rain will be witnessed in the city throughout the week. The sky will remain downcast. On Tuesday, the minimum temperature is expected to be 26°C and maximum 30°C.

First Published: Sep 03, 2018 22:22 IST