Complete repairs in 8 days, orders district collector

ST Correspondent
Tuesday, 27 June 2017

The site’s initial inspection revealed that the road caved in due to pressure created by rainwater forcing the reclaimed soil to settle. Collector Rao said as an immediate measure, re-channelising of storm water drains will be done. Considering the rainwater flow pattern, new outlets are to be created.  He said previously, the place was an open plot and so the water flow pattern was not known.

Broken drains will be repaired and refilling of roads will be done in Malin.

Pune: District Collector Saurabh Rao on Tuesday instructed the Public Works Department (PWD) and Zilla Parishad’s construction wing to carry out repairs in newly rehabilitated Malin within 8 to 10 days.

Rao inspected the damage. The villagers had reported caving-in of road and sinking of stairs following heavy rains on Saturday and Sunday. Chandrakant Naik, PWD Executive Engineer (North Pune), Yogesh Rathi of CEPL were present.

According to sources, the site’s initial inspection revealed that the road caved in due to pressure created by rainwater forcing the reclaimed soil to settle. Rathi, consultant for the rehabilitation project, told Sakal Times, “As part of the  immediate measures, the broken drain pipes will be replaced and storm water drains will be cleaned.”

Rathi said, in the intermediate phase, his firm will observe the course of monsoon and the water ways will be studied and rectified, if needed.
Sources from the district collectorate said Rao met three families, who have shifted back to their temporary shelters. He assured them their newly constructed homes were safe.

When contacted, Rao told Sakal Times that a detailed inspection of every facility and layout has been carried out. He said as an immediate measure, re-channelising of storm water drains will be done. Considering the rainwater flow pattern, new outlets are to be created. He said previously, the place was an open plot and so the water flow pattern was not known.

He added that four outlets are required in the retaining wall. The drain system needs to be created at the foothills to channelise the water gushing down to the left side.  

Rao said he has instructed PWD officers to spend 24 hrs in Malin after rainfall to observe the flow of water and to suggest changes in the drainage system.

He said a committee and a WhatsApp group  of villagers have been formed. A continuous dialogue will be held with the villagers and they will be updated about measures taken by the district administration.

Rao said the villagers have been convinced that the layout is safe and all structures will be made waterproof.

Rajendra Rahane (Superintending Engineer, PWD) said the 68 houses were safe. Rahane said the residents of rehabilitated Malin village have no reason to worry.

In all, 68 natural calamity resistant houses were handed over to the survivors of the Malin tragedy in the first week of April.

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