GMDA begins fencing open drains to avoid accidents

  • | Thursday | 30th November, 2023

GURGAON: In a move to keep a check on the dumping of waste and to avoid fatal incidents, the Gurugram Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA) has started fencing open drains in the city. Fences are being installed at open and uncovered sites of Leg-1, Leg-2 and Leg-3 drains of GMDA.The work is being carried out to avoid the occurrence of any fatal incidents, to keep a check on dumping of waste in the open drains and to maintain the cleanliness and sanitation of the drainage network of the city.Approximately 4.5km drain length is to be fenced, of which work has been completed on 2.5km, said a GMDA official.According to the official, fencing work has been completed in Udyog Vihar, Ashok Vihar, Bhimgarh Kheri, Ghadouli Village, Pave City 2 in Sector 37, and along Badshahpur drain on NH48.GMDA is installing grills of up to 6 feet height to ensure safety of human and animal life especially along the drains near residential areas. Additionally, the rampant dumping of waste and garbage in the drains is a major issue which often chokes the drainage system of the city. Fencing along these areas will help keep a check on this practice, said Vikram Singh, executive engineer, GMDA.Work is in progress on other stretches and is being taken up on priority by the GMDA team. At present, there are three GMDA master drains which carry the citys stormwater to the Najafgarh drain. The Leg 1 drain (Sikanderpur via Palam Vihar to Najafgarh), Leg 2 drain (Sector 42 via Huda City Centre to Najafgarh) and Leg 3 drain (Ghata village via Vatika Chowk, Hero Honda Chowk, Sector 99 to Najafgarh drain), also called the Badshahpur drain.GMDA is also constructing a master drain (Leg 4) along the Southern Peripheral Road (SPR) from Vatika Chowk on Sohna Road to NH-8 to improve the drainage network and curb any waterlogging concerns in sectors 68-80 during the monsoon season.In August last year, an 8-year-old boy fell into the drain while playing outside his house in Gadoli Khurd village. A search operation was carried out by teams from Indian Reserve Battalion (IRB), National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), State Disaster Response Team (SDRF) and the local administration but they failed to trace the boy even after a week-long operation.Similarly in July, 2019, a 10-month-old girl had died after she allegedly slipped into an open drain while playing with her cousin in Sector 31.

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