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Jusco plugs peril, prods citizen vigil
- Manholes get cover, walls around drains

Better late than never.

Three weeks after The Telegraph exposed the perils of open drains and manholes that can turn into death traps during monsoon, especially for children playing on the roads, civic guardian Jusco swung into action on Wednesday, plugging hazard holes and building walls around drains and culverts.

A 15-member team from the Tata Steel subsidiary, which looks after civic needs of Jamshedpur, gave equal attention to all the four peril pockets that were highlighted in the July 14 report “Pitfalls of city life” following the death of a child. The son of an auto-rickshaw driver had fallen into an overflowing drain pit in the elite Jubilee Park area on his 10th birthday on July 9 and had been washed up dead in the connecting reservoir a day later.

Two open manholes of 4ftx4ft dimensions each near Shri Gangagiri Kailashdham Temple, popularly known as Mouni Baba Ashram, in Kagalnagar, and another of similar size near Bharat Sevashram Sangha Pranav Children World School on Sonari Main Road got concrete covers.

Both the areas teem with people during peak hours with the ashram witnessing a rush of devotees and students and parents swarming the school.

This apart, the Jusco team also started building 7ftx7ft brick walls along open drains at five spots at Ram Mandir Maidan located adjacent to Sonari Main Road. The drain slabs at all these spots had been damaged by heavy vehicles parked illegally.

“The purpose of constructing exterior walls is to prevent heavy vehicles from damaging the slabs. We have brought readymade cement slabs, which will be placed on the drains once construction of the walls is completed,” said a Jusco town planning division official.

The Sonari landmark, which hosts religious functions round the year is used by children as a short cut to the road.

The rundown 25ft culvert opposite Biswajit Manimela grounds and near Gujarati Sanatan Samaj on Bistupur-Ranikudar Road has also got a protective wall of nearly 4ft.

“Our team looking after drains and manholes in the city conducted a recce of the mishap-prone spots after the report appeared in The Telegraph and chalked out plans to cover drains and repair broken ones. The entire process required time,” Jusco spokesperson Rajesh Rajan said.

He requested residents to inform authorities if they found slabs stolen or missing.

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