The Telegraph
Saturday , June 21 , 2014
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Waterlogged city in shower season

Fresh rainwater to foul drain water.

As monsoon rains hit Jharkhand from midweek onwards, the ailing civic mess in Ranchi was perhaps ironically bared the most in healthcare hub Bariatu, where Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) is situated, as well as in other key roads and roundabouts.

Waterlogged roads and drains everywhere revealed how unprepared the capital was for the shower season.

In Bariatu, near RIMS as well as the firing range, water from choked drains spilled on the road. “There are big craters on the road, which rainwater hides. These may be fatal for two-wheelers,” cautioned a local shopkeeper.

Near Sahjanand Chowk, Harmu, the mess was on full display. The busy Kutchery Chowk Road remained flooded, causing inconvenience to thousands. On Kokar's Old Hazaribagh Road, pedestrians and drivers did not know where the road ended and drains at Distillery Pool started.

Posh Lalpur Road, where drainage construction is going on, cut a sorry figure. As half the road is encroached upon by building construction material, the other half is a mishap magnet for pedestrians and commuters.

The approach to a popular hotel in the area resembled a flooded drain. Areas such as Hatma Bastee and Vidyapatinagar resembled floating localities.

As monsoon showers continue, the weekend will not bring respite to civic maladies.

Weather expert A. Wadood of BAU, Ranchi, said the region could expect good amount of rain till Monday.

“After Monday, there may be a gap of two days. After that, we are likely to get good rainfall again. From 7am on Thursday to 7am on Friday, Ranchi recorded 78.8mm rainfall. In the next two days, we expect 30mm to 40mm,” he said.