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Flooded Kanke locality

Residents of Vidyapatinagar Colony on Kanke Road woke up to waterlogged streets, courtyards and backyards on Wednesday morning after some people blocked the main drain that released water into a vacant plot, claiming it belonged to them.

A 70-feet stretch connecting the colony to Gandhinagar has been submerged, prompting Ranchi Municipal Corporation (RMC) to send labourers to clear the drain blockage.

But the team was stopped by Ledu Oraon, a fourth-grade employee of RMC who has staked claim to the plot measuring around 10 cottahs. Sources said that there is a dispute over the ownership of the land as some people lodged civil suits over it in the past.

“I tried to reason with Oraon that drain water was being released into the vacant land for the past decade, but he is adamant. On Tuesday, soil was brought in four tractors and dumped at the site to block the main outlet. I have informed the matter to RMC officials because around 2,000 people are bearing the brunt of the dispute. With the road under water, they are forced to walk around half a kilometre to reach Gandhinagar Colony of Central Coalfield Limited (CCL),” said Surendra Nayak, councillor of ward No. 2.

Apart from roads, water has started gushing on to the premises of nearby apartments and houses as well.

Newly elected mayor Asha Lakra promised to look into the issue. “Yes, I have been informed about the problem. We will try to solve it within a day,” she said.

Local residents, however, blamed the civic body for their predicament.

“Had the RMC connected our drainage network with the one constructed by CCL at Gandhinagar Colony just 300ft away, such a situation would not have arisen,” pointed out Saurabh Mishra.

But the RMC contested the allegation. “Such a plan is under consideration. We are waiting for a no-objection certificate from CCL. We will get it soon. I will visit the area on Thursday,” said deputy mayor Sanjeev Vijayvargiya.


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