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Rain spotlight on civic readiness
Clogged drains raise monsoon fears

Jamshedpur, May 3: Yesterday’s Nor’wester in Jamshedpur, which brought welcome relief from the blistering heat of the past few days, ripped the veil off the civic inadequacies of the steel hub, which witnessed waterlogged streets and clogged drains after a heavy downpour of over an hour.

While commuters were caught in traffic snarls on several arteries like Bistupur-Jugsalai-Tatanagar Station Road, Kalimati Road (near Howrah bridge) and Straight Mile Road (near Baridih roundabout) because of waterlogging, residents in several low-lying areas had to wade through knee-deep stinking water.

Refugee Colony, Gurdwara Basti and Kasidih Bagan Area in Sakchi, East Plant Basti in Burmamines and Daiguttu in Mango had knee-deep water till late night. Many shuddered to think if this was the state of roads and drains just after one spell of rain, what would be the situation in monsoon.

“This happens after every downpour on Kalimati Road. Neither Jamshedpur Notified Area Committee (JNAC) nor Jusco bothers to clean the drains knowing fully well that Nor’westers occur around this time of the year,” complained Satnam Singh Gambhir, a resident of Refugee Colony.

While JNAC cited manpower crunch and election schedules for not being able to focus on cleaning drains, Jusco blamed encroachers.

“We could not complete the tender process for hiring more contractual workers because of the model code of conduct, while sanitary inspectors were preoccupied with election duties. I have asked officials to do a survey of all clogged drains. We will draw up a roster for cleaning these drains on a daily basis within a day or two,” said JNAC special officer Dipak Sahay.

Jusco spokesperson Rajesh Rajan said they removed encroachers near Kalimati Road a couple of months ago, but they returned and set up temporary kiosks right on top of drains, hampering cleaning work.

Jugsalai municipality special officer Jagadish Yadav promised to write to Tatanagar railway authorities for clearing the silt on a nullah near Tata Pigment overbridge. “Once the nullah is cleaned, the important stretch linking Bistupur-Jugsalai with Tatanagar station will not get waterlogged,” said Yadav.

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