Water logging causes resentment amongst denizens

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 06 Jul 2018 11:29:48



Staff Reporter

BHOPAL gas survivors are geared up to protest against water logging problem in gas affected colonies. The situation in Aishbagh Housing Board Colony in ward number 39 is so worse that few hours of rain showers is resulted in flood like situation in the colony. The sewers remain choked and it also added up to the foul smell. Balkrishna Namdeo from Bhopal Gas Peedit Nirashrit Pensionbhogi Sangharsh Morcha claimed that they have already reported about the issue in ‘Mayor ki Chaupal’ but no substantial action was taken. The situation is so bad that accidents occur every now and then. There are no proper roads which is adding to the problem. Bhopal Gas Peedit Nirashrit Pensionbhogi Sangharsh Morcha is gas survivors organisation working for the welfare of gas survivors and pension issues of widows of gas survivors.
Notably last year, Green Tribunal has given directions to chalk out detail report about preventive measures to avoid water logging in colonies. Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC) has submitted documents with regards to the work done to prevent water logging during rainy days in colonies. However, denizens claim that work done is incomplete and not upto the mark. Besides, the garbage taken out from the drainage is not disposed properly and is been laying beside nullah. During monsoon rains itself the garbage and debris would flow back to the nullah and would result in water logging.

BMC had with detail report comprising details about the drainage system in the city and the preventive measures taken by it to prevent water logging during heavy rains. Rampant encroachment done over the drainage system in many parts of the city is leading to water clogging. Last year, due to poor drainage system water entered into the houses and inundated roads and colonies in low lying areas witnessed flooding.Petitioner has alleged that despite spending a huge amount on urban infrastructure and planning over the years, the question emerges why Bhopal still remains susceptible to water logging within a few hours of heavy showers. An efficient drainage system that allows proper channelisation of rainwater can only resolve the problem for which proper disposal strategy of the debris needs to be sorted out.

Encroachment is also one of the main problems which requires attention. NGT had directed wherever necessary the plan that has been prepared by the BMC may be suitably altered and suggested measures be incorporated in the plan. One of the major observations and suggested measures to be incorporated for eradication of the problem on a permanent basis is with regard to an appropriate storm water management plan.