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Proposal to renovate British-era drain

Gaya Municipal Corporation has sent the government a Rs 1.42-crore proposal to renovate the choked Batam Nala, a drain constructed around the 19th century.

Heavy downpour chokes the drain regularly, leading to waterlogging in areas such as Bari Road, Durga Bari Road and Enayat Colony. Close to 15,000 people are affected every monsoon. Last month, the civic body sent the urban development and housing department the proposal to renovate the British-era drain.

Several old-timers recalled that even 30 years ago, Batam Nala was kept clean and waterlogging was not an issue. Now, for the lack of maintenance and proper cleaning, this problem has cropped up.

Akhauri Onkarnath alias Mohan Shrivastava, the ward No. 10 councillor and former deputy mayor, said: “The Rs 1.42-crore proposal has been sent to the urban development department for approval. The drain’s old route would be followed.”

Urban development and housing minister Samrat Choudhary said: “Keeping the town free from waterlogging is a priority. A decision regarding sanctioning funds for the proposal would soon be taken.”

Till about 30 years ago, the water used to flow straight down to the Mahadev Ghat along the Falgu. Now, the drain’s outlet has been diverted via the Gautam Buddha Road. The water flows into the Falgu after several turns.

At least 2-3ft water accumulates after heavy rain. Bari Road resident Mohammad Neyazuddin said: “I am contemplating to sell the house and shift. It takes three-four days for the water to recede and for those days, we have to wade through the dirty water.”