Faridabad municipal gets notice, pre-monsoon drainage cleaning still pending

  • | Tuesday | 22nd June, 2021

The Faridabad city has not yet completed its drainage work that was due before the monsoon. 

As the monsoon is approaching the northern part of the country, the Faridabad city has not yet completed its drainage work that was due before the monsoon. 

An amount of over Rs 1 crore is spent on this work every year.

“Though the cleaning and desilting of 37 drains, having a length of about 41 km, is expected to be completed by this time, the work on the ground was taken up recently,” reveal sources.

Claiming that the task can’t be completed in a week or so, an official said the main reason behind the delay could be the ongoing pandemic and the fact that the civic body was already facing financial crisis and getting funds had been an issue. Also, the cleaning is done using the JCB machines, which are hired at a rate of Rs 5,500 per day, resulting in a total budget of Rs 2.20 crore if four of these are engaged in each of the five divisions for a period of 20 days.

The civic infrastructure here gets exposed in case of downpour as a majority of the city roads and colonies get submerged under 2-3 feet of water in case of continuous rainfall.

Claiming that garbage and plastic muck clogging the drains was a prominent feature, Neeraj Sharma, MLA from the NIT Assembly segment, said Gonchhi drain, one of the largest in the city, had been lying clogged. Yogesh Dhingra, a former corporator, said many other drains were also lying choked.

However, claiming that the cleaning process has already been taken up, Garima Mittal, MC Commissioner, said the drive to make all outlets and sewage treatment plant (STP) functional was under way. “However, one of the Executive Engineers has been served a notice for negligence.

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