Jamshedpur, June 3: East Singhbhum deputy commissioner Amitabh Kaushal, has asked local urban bodies Jamshedpur Notified Area Committee, Mango Notified Area Committee and Jugsalai Municipality to take immediate steps to drains before June 15. The order has been issued in view of Monsoon, which is expected to hit the State by June 20.
The deputy commissioner carried inspection at Mango covering Kalikanagar (near Mayank Mrinal Hospital), near Dimna Residency Kunwar Basti, Chepapul Road near Amarjyoti School, , near Moon City (Dimna Road), near Parasnagar (Dimna Road) while encroachment was found at drain near Moon City and near Dimna Roundabout.
Officials went on to inform that the urban bodies have started taking steps to deal with the water clogging in the city. As per the plans, the urban bodies will be outsourcing the cleaning of big drains (depth of more than four feet) to private parties to overcome its manpower shortage while smaller drains will be cleaned regularly by its own staff on a roster basis.
The city has nearly 40 big drains out of which 15 drains have effluents of companies passing through it. There are nearly 150 small drains in different localities of the city.
The DC directed the officials of various departments to carry out cleanliness of various localities, culverts, drains and other parts of the city. The DC has ordered that the low-lying areas situated close to the Swarnarekha and Kharkai rivers should be earmarked so that preventive action may be taken in case of heavy rains and flooding of such areas.
As many as six drains were inspected by the deputy commissioner in the presence of Mango notified area committee special officer Jagadish Prasad Yadav.
“ We have been asked to take immediate preventive measures or face the music from the administration. Every year Monsoon rains coupled with hailstorm create havoc in the city with drains overflowing leading to water clogging,” said an official.
The JNAC is entrusted with upkeep of the civic amenities in urban slums outside Tata Steel command area for a populace of over 5 lakhs. JNAC has 70 cleaning staff and take on ad-hoc basis further 20 to step up the cleaning of small drains.
The district administration had also mulled launching special awareness campaign through pamphlets among the locals explaining them about the symptoms of the vector borne diseases and steps to prevent it but there’s no such campaign visible in the district, thus far.