A wide cavity on Circular Road in Ranchi is a prelude to monsoon woes on Tuesday. Picture by Hardeep Singh
Exit heat wave alert, enter monsoon scare.
Though Met officials are hinting at June 19 for monsoon to set in officially, Ranchi Municipal Corporation (RMC) is as unprepared about the capital’s civic upkeep during the rains as in any other year.
The bouts of pre-monsoon showers in Monday and Tuesday showed enough reason for valid citizen worries.
Sudhir Singh, a private bank executive at Circular Road, while welcoming the sudden decline in discomfort index thanks to the rains, frowned at the sight of clogged drains and mess outside his office gates.
“Every time it rains, it’s the same sight. Ideally, authorities should have long finished civil work such as drain repair. But half-done is the mantra here,” he rued, leaping over the partially flooded Circular Road.
At posh Morabadi’s Kusum Vihar residential area, the approach road is virtually defunct for over a year thanks to drainage revamp.
When The Telegraph highlighted residents’ plight six months ago, RMC mandarins said road repair would be taken up after the then ongoing drainage work got over.
New drains came up without proper covers. No streetlights were installed.
Obviously, people can’t venture on the road during monsoon to risk life and limb.
“Civic guardians need to apply common sense. But it looks like nothing will change this year,” said S.K. Srivastava, a Kusum Vihar resident.
At Dangratoli Chowk, RMC has not been able to generate funds to put cement lids on drains for years. Streetlights function off and on.
At Karbala Chowk, road widening that started three months back is still on. Come rain, the road will be completely out of bounds.
The municipal body’s public relations officer Naresh Sinha, however, claimed he was optimistic.
“Drain cleaning, drain repair and all other allied work are going on in full steam. Everyone is trying to ensure the city’s cleanliness.”
On the “road-less” Kusum Vihar, Sinha promised to direct RMC’s engineering department to “do the needful.
RMC’s superintendent engineer Bijay Kumar Bhagat added that digging at HB Road-Purulia Road areas was due to road construction department’s widening work.