BJP members at the East Singhbhum district collectorate in Sakchi, Jamshedpur, on Thursday. Picture by Bhola Prasad
Clogged drains, which cause waterlogging in urban slum areas of Jamshedpur, have prompted the BJP to knock on the door of East Singhbhum deputy commissioner Amitabh Kaushal on Thursday, in the run-up to monsoon.
A group of eight BJP members led by its district secretary Pawan Agarwal staged a demonstration in front of the district collectorate in Sakchi, demanding immediate cleaning of the drains, especially those carrying effluents from Tata Steel.
"Over 100,000 people residing in urban slums of Refugee Colony, Kasidih, Bhalubasa, Sitaramdera, Garam Nullah, Bhuiyandih and Sakchi face health hazards every monsoon. We have seen that even during Nor'westers, water from the drains spills into homes in these areas," said Agarwal, a resident of Bhalubasa.
The BJP members claimed that the drains were rarely cleaned by Jamshedpur Notified Area Committee (JNAC), the urban local body that is supposed to oversee civic amenities.
"We approached the deputy commissioner for getting the drains cleaned. We hope that the district administration will give orders to Tata Steel and other private companies, whose effluents are discharged through these drains, to get them cleaned on a regular basis," said Gunjan Yadav, another BJP supporter.
Deputy commissioner Kaushal said that directives would be issued for cleaning the clogged drains soon.
"It is a civic problem and since it carries discharge from Tata Steel and other companies, we will ask them to do the needful on a regular basis so that there is no waterlogging in the residential areas," he added.
The deputy commissioner further said that the JNAC had also been directed to speed up dredging of drains in areas under its command before monsoon.
The city has 40 big drains, out of which 15 carry effluents from companies. There are nearly 150 small drains too. JNAC special officer Deepak Sahay said that cleaning of the drains had begun in areas outside Tata Steel's command.