Civic body still struggling to complete pre-monsoon work

ST Correspondent
Saturday, 9 June 2018

The civic administration has completed around 90 per cent of work till date despite Municipal Commissioner Saurabh Rao setting a deadline of June 7.

Pune: The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) is still struggling to complete its pre-monsoon work even as the south-west monsoon has reached south Maharashtra. 

The civic administration has completed around 90 per cent of work till date despite Municipal Commissioner Saurabh Rao setting a deadline of June 7.

People faced problems due to incomplete pre-monsoon work last week, as the city witnessed water logging during pre-monsoon showers. According to civic officials, citizens across the city are dumping garbage into nalas, which results in blockage and garbage flowing onto the roads. Waterlogging in Peth areas resulted in traffic jams and commuters had to face major problems. 

Pre-monsoon work includes cleaning of nalas, stormwater drains and chambers. There are 177.96 km of stormwater drain lines. Of this, 170.23 km has been cleaned till date. There are 36,081 chambers across the city, of which 33,857 have been cleared.

The PMC has cleaned 158 km of nalas while around 4 km of nalas still remain to be cleaned. There are 429 culverts in the city, of which only 404 have been cleaned.

Rajendra Nimbalkar, Additional Municipal Commissioner, said, “We are trying to complete the pre-monsoon work. Earlier, we found that ward officers had given incomplete information. Hence, we deputed officials to check work under some ward offices. Now, we have almost completed the work. However, if any ward office is found to have given false information about the completion of work, we will take action against the officials concerned.” Many city areas faced water logging during the pre-monsoon showers. The areas that normally witness waterlogging include Kothrud, Yerawada, JM Road, Sahakar Nagar, Peth areas, Anand Nagar, Vitthalwadi, Sun City Road and Pulachiwadi.

Earlier, in 2009 and 2010, Kothrud area was inundated following heavy rain. The city had faced a flood-like situation. Due to the heavy rain, water could not get a natural drainage outlet such as nalas. Ten people had lost their lives. Later, they started converting box-shaped culverts into round-shaped ones.

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The civic administration has completed around 90 per cent of work till date despite Municipal Commissioner Saurabh Rao setting a deadline of June 7.

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