CM orders probe into water-logging in Vidhan Bhavan premises

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 10 Jul 2018 10:07:18


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Assures aid to people affected due to excessive rainfall in city on July 6

Devendra Fadnavis, Chief Minister and Urban Development Minister, ordered probe into water-logging in Vidhan Bhavan premises after deluge on July 6. Also, he announced aid for the people affected due to rainfall and subsequent flooding of the city.

“Inquiry will be conducted to find out if there was any deliberate neglect towards problems concerning preparations for Monsoon Session of State Legislature,” Fadnavis announced in Legislative Assembly on Monday. He quickly added that waterlogging in the city was inevitable as downpour that day was way above maximum precipitation recorded so far. The drainage system proved inadequate to flush out all the water that had accumulated within a matter of few hours. He took the opportunity to pat Nagpur City Police and Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) for excellent work in disaster management.

Historically, the average excessive rainfall for the city is around 150 mm. The storm water drains are designed for ingress of 125 mm of rain water. On July 6, the city recorded 282 mm downpour in 24 hours. The city recorded rainfall of 263 mm within six hours. This was the highest-ever rainfall in last 30 years and hence led to waterlogging. “Such a situation is also seen in Mumbai and other parts of the State,” the Chief Minister observed.

Referring to losses suffered by citizens, the Chief Minister said that the order for conducting survey and panchanama was issued and compensation would be provided to each of the affected persons.

Fadnavis also admitted that one of the reasons for waterlogging in the city was ongoing massive scale of construction work of development projects. In case of Mumbai, he said, Government is installing high-pressure pumps and once all of them are started then storm water drains would be a history. Even during high tide, waterlogging could be avoided in metropolis, he added.

Chief Minister was replying to a debate through which the issue of disruption of proceedings of State Legislature due to flooding in Vidhan Bhavan premises was raised on Monday in the Assembly when the House assembled on Monday. Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil, Leader of Opposition, alleged that the State Government’s preparation was not up to the mark and hence storm water drains got choked. No disaster management was in place in Nagpur city and hence people suffered untold miseries, he added. “Who are responsible for this situation,” he asked.

Ajit Pawar, former Deputy Chief Minister and senior leader of Nationalist Congress Party, said that if the preparations were not fool-proof what was the need to hold Monsoon Session in Nagpur city. Pawar said, public money was wasted as both Houses of State Legislature were adjourned owing to waterlogging in Vidhan Bhavan premises on July 6. There were reports of snakes surfacing in Ramgiri and other places and it is clear that there was no point in holding session in Nagpur during monsoon, he observed.

Coming down on the State Government for decision of holding Monsoon Session in Nagpur city, Pawar asked who was responsible for preparations -- PWD or some other agency. Also, he asked what action would the State initiate against delinquent officers.

Sunil Kedar, Congress MLA from Saoner, raised the issue of death of a couple in his constituency due to electrocution. He alleged that though Chandrashekhar Bawankule, Energy Minister, had announced shifting of high-tension line the work was never started.