LG visits Kirari on complaints over acute lack of sanitation, amenities

  • | Sunday | 11th February, 2024

Taking note of complaints from local residents regarding acute lack of sanitation and basic civic amenities in the Kirari area of north-west Delhi, Lt Governor(LG) V K Saxena visited the locality on Saturday to take stock of situation. Giving details here, officials said starting from Bhagwan Mahavir Marg, which connects Kirari from Rohini and Rithala, Saxena visited different locations in Kirari that are prone to severe waterlogging and filled with heaps of garbage, forcing the residents to live in unhygienic living conditions. Shocked and anguished over the hellish condition that residents of these areas are forced to live in, the LG directed the MCD and other concerned agencies to take immediate steps to improve sanitation in the area within a month. Saxena was visibly peeved at the overflowing sewers, open manholes, heaps of garbage, potholed-dusty roads and broken pavements in the area. He lamented that such apathy on part of the government agencies had led to the pathetic conditions due to which Kirari, which houses nearly 1.5 lakh households and a population of 7-8 lakhs, has remained one of the most underdeveloped parts of the National Capital, officials said. The LG was informed that a major part of Kirari was low-lying and hence severely prone to water-logging that forced the people to live in unhygienic conditions due to absence of sewerage system and lack of adequate storm water drainage system. No concrete efforts had been undertaken by the DJB and I&FC Department to address these issues. Similarly, the PWD and MCD had largely left the roads in disrepair, with the civic agency additionally neglecting garbage disposal. Also, a vast extent of nearly 500 acres of open DDA land surrounding Kirari was perennially filled with storm water as no proper drainage system exists in the area. As a result, the water seeps from these land pockets into the adjoining low-lying residential colonies. The situation aggravates during monsoons and a large part of the area remains waterlogged for several days. Saxena directed the DDA to expedite the construction of a 7.2 km drain that has been planned as a long-term solution to waterlogging in the area. He also asked DDA to chalk out a comprehensive drainage plan to ease out the drainage issues in Kirari.  As of now, Kirari Suleman Nagar Drain (KSN drain) is the only major storm water drain in Kirari but that is proving insufficient to meet the drainage requirements. In addition to this, agencies including PWD, DJB and I&FC were also directed to expedite the works of remodeling the KSN Drain and other existing drains along the Rohtak Road to address the issue of waterlogging. The LG directed concerned agencies - I&FC, MCD, PWD, DDA and Railways to work in tandem to overcome these perennial issues with long-term solutions. He also asked the MCD and other departments to carry out a massive sanitation drive in the area starting Sunday to bring in a visible change within one month. The Delhi Jal Board was directed to lay and upgrade the sewerage network in Kirari at the earliest. Notably, Kirari has, over the years, become one of the most densely populated areas, spread over approximately 2,800 acres of geographical area. Prior to the urbanization of the area, most parts of Kirari were used for brick kilns and due to the deep excavation of soil, the area has become a bowl. In the due course, settlements and unauthorized colonies came up on the same surface level which made the area prone to severe water-logging.

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