Sajal Chakraborty and others inspect the choked main drain on Ratu Road, Ranchi, on Monday. Picture by Hardeep Singh
Acting state chief secretary Sajal Chakraborty on Monday paid a surprise visit to Ratu Road near Pahari Mandir where sewer water from the main drain has been flooding the artery for three months now.
The recce prompted district bosses to go into a huddle to mull temporary succour before monsoon.
Accompanied by Ranchi deputy commissioner Vinay Kumar Choubey and Ranchi Municipal Corporation CEO Manoj Kumar, Chakraborty took stock of the situation and pulled up the district administration and drinking water and sanitation department officials for failing to take steps despite repeated complaints.
The chief secretary in-charge is learnt to have done the recce after two local BJP leaders — Sanjay Seth and Sanjay Jaisawal — brought the matter to his notice.
“Thousands of faithful visit the temple every day. Both devotees and residents have been facing problems for three months. We have been trying to draw the attention of the administration for two months, but to no avail,” Seth had said.
According to deputy commissioner Choubey, the drain was damaged while shifting a drinking water pipe around three months ago to facilitate expansion of the NH-75 between Naga Baba Khatal and Bijupara, via Ratu area.
“The water pipe was passing below the drain. It had to be relocated for the proposed widening of the national highway. In the process, the system was damaged and dirty water started spilling on to the road,” Choubey told Chakraborty.
The chief secretary, nevertheless, directed the district administration and the department concerned to fix the problem immediately.
“I visited the area and met people there. The situation is not good. I have told the department and the district administration to make arrangements soon. I will personally monitor progress,” he added.
After drawing flak, the deputy commissioner held a meeting with officials of the national highway division and sanitation department.
“We have decided to float a tender within a week for construction of a kutcha drain from Ratu to Piska, which is the worst-hit area, as a temporary arrangement. The work will be completed before monsoon,” Choubey said.
Sources said people living near Kutchery Road too are facing similar waterlogging for three months owing to overflowing drains. The situation turned worse during the heavy downpour last week.