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Initial rains expose holes in monsoon preparedness in Jamshedpur

Jamshedpur, June 21: Clogged drains after the first spell of Monsoon rains continue to blow holes in district administration preparedness to tackle monsoon menace on civic amenities especially in housing apartments and key arteries.

Residents of a multi-storied residential apartment in Sonari are forced to suffer monsoon misery with over ankle deep drain water in their basements and on the only approach road after evening rains today.

Water clogging has also added to the woes of residents of Jugsalai and Baghbera. “I slipped today and got injured. The stench from dirty water makes us shudder to step outside our flats but we are forced to go out in the morning as children go to school. Students have to take out their shoes and socks across the basement and then wear it again in their pool vans. There have been snakes too found floating in the water,” said a retired railway official.

Every year the arrival of Monsoon exposes the woeful drainage system on the city roads. Choked drains resulted in water logging in different parts of the city. Most of the roads are dotted with stalled vehicles, adding to the chaos. In some low lying areas several autos are stranded in water. However, despite claims from the district administration, the situation in the city gets worse if steps are not taken to remove water clogging in several areas and take other preventive measures. The civic body must frame a strategy to deal with the situation.

“This has been happening ever since 2009 whenever there is incessant rains for more than three-four hours during monsoon. Even the motors used to pump out water are not functionally compounding our woes. The drain has been clogged with waste from neighbouring residents. Dirty water also damages our vehicles,” said a resident.

The residents have even approached the local legislator for resolving this problem.

“We have lodged a complaint with the East Singhbhum deputy commissioner and also with the local MLA. The Jamshedpur Notified Area Committee which manages drains of the nearby areas has done nothing to clear the drains,” said Umesh Singh, a business and an owner of a flat.

Residents of Shivnagar have to wade through waterlogged streets as drain water flows onto the road.

“This is the only approach road to our locality and see the condition after a spell of rain. We had dumped sand for a temporary solution but that did not help. Drain water from inside Bal Vihar gushes onto the road creating such a situation,” said Kailash Kumar Thakur, a resident of Shivnagar.

Jamshedpur Notified Area Committee inspector who looks after Sonari, said that they were aware of the problem. “We clean the drain but it gets clogged again as the drain diameter is very narrow. The drain was constructed several years back and the population has increased immensely. The notified area has issued a contract for increasing the width of the drain and work will commence soon,” he said.


State food and civil supplies minister Saryu Roy assured of early action. “I had spoken to the JNAC special officer to ensure that all clogged drains are cleared and stopgap arrangements are made till monsoon is over to prevent clogging. I will speak to the JNAC officials to get it done,” he assured.

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