Water logging at ISKCON: NHAI asked to take up measures

BMC initiates process for seven new drains with a cost of Rs 9.45 crore

Bhubaneswar: The Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) is planning seven new drains across the city to manage the water-logging situation in the city.

The new drains would be constructed with an investment of over Rs 9.45 crore. The drainage plan is under the tendering process.

The news drains will include construction of internal drain system with covered slabs at Ananta Vihar Phase-II in Ward Number 62, drainage system with covered slab for Dumduma Housing Board Colony Phase-IV in Ward Number 65, construction of internal drain with covered slab at Jagannath Vihar Plot No. 387 to Plot No. 59/553 (Lane-3) in Ward No. 24, construction of drainage system in Bhagabat Sandhan area in Ward No. 19, renovation of Drainage Channel No. 5 near back side of Sriya Talkies in Ward Number 42, construction of drain from backside of OMFED to Drainage Channel Number 1 via Guru Kelu Charan Mohapatra Park Road and improvement of drainage system in Ahalya Nagar area in Ward No. 3.

The drainage development and renovation of the existing system would cost Rs 86.30 lakh, Rs 1.51 crore, Rs 49.98 lakh, Rs 2.30 crore, Rs 12.84 lakh, Rs 3.50 crore and Rs 65 lakh from Ward No. 62 to OMFED area, respectively.

These new structures would enable in discharging water from waterlogged localities in an effective manner.

On the other hand, a review meeting on waterlogging and drainage situation was taken by the Municipal Commissioner, BMC in presence of all officers, ward officers, sanitary inspectors, engineers and experts during morning hours at BMC Conference Hall.

It was decided to have a strict vigilant eye on each low-lying area of the city. Total BMC jurisdiction area was divided into 12 sub-zones where 12 senior officers were told to take the lead and go to the area physically with their teams. Each nodal officers of every sub-zone were asked to take stock of the situation every day and report.

The situation assessment and immediate actions will be reviewed during the evening hours every day. Sanitation agencies were asked to be present with all required number of workers and apparatus as well as vehicles. Mechanical Engineering wing of the civic body was asked to hire as many pumps as required to dewater the low-lying areas across the city.

It can be mentioned here that the BMC Storm Water Helpline has received 16 complaints today (from 6 am till 7.15 pm) from various parts of the city. All complaints were resolved with quick action.