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Drain work damages walls

Balurghat, Sept. 28: Walls of over 50 houses in three wards of the Balurghat Municipality have been damaged because of the work being carried out to lay a drain along the roads in the area.

The municipal engineering directorate had taken up the work of laying the drainage system for the town. Deep trenches had been dug along the roads in Wards 2, 3 and 6 of the municipality.

However, after a spell of heavy rain, the soil along the trenches began to erode, sending the boundary walls crashing down and causing huge cavities to appear under the houses.

Many residents were forced to shift elsewhere.

Tapan Haldar, a resident of the Khidirpur area, and many others complained of the erosion. Prasad Sil said the situation was so grim that he had been forced to spend night under a tarpaulin sheet.

“The soil under my house is gradually being washed out, causing large cavities under the floor. The municipality has chosen the wrong time to take up this work,” said Sil.

The municipal chairperson, Sucheta Biswas, said the civic body had started the work so that the drainage could be completed on time.

“We took into consideration the fact that Puja was approaching and the workers needed to earn some money. It was because of the sudden rainfall that the walls were damaged. We have already initiated measures to protect the houses,” she said.

Biswas said the civic body would consider compensating those people whose houses had been damaged.

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