Kapil Gupta, a consultant for World Bank and a professor at the Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay, on Tuesday started the study on waterlogging and flooding in the city for the proposed storm water sewerage project which, as per the initial proposal, will be financed by the World Bank.
Gupta along with sewerage board officials from the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation visited waterlogged and stagnated points of the city, including Janakpuri, Sector 39, Guru Arjan Dev Nagar, Shivaji Nagar, New Shivaji Nagar and Sunder Nagar.
Gupta also visited the Buddha Nullah along with Zone D areas like BRS Nagar and Dugri phase-2.
Talking to Newsline, Gupta said, “I visited the waterlogged areas in the city. The situation is quite problematic and complicated in most areas while in some it can be solved in three-four months.”
Gupta, in his recommendations to the World Bank, will be proposing a master drainage plan for Ludhiana and also widening of Buddha Nullah to accommodate storm water drainage. “At some points Buddha Nullah is very narrow. My focus is on reducing flooding in the city. So we will recommend widening of the nullah and taking it to adequate width to accommodate storm water flow (the water accumulated from rainwater). It will also help in cleaning nullah which is in a pitiable state right now,” he said.
At present, only 11% of Ludhiana is covered under storm water sewerage which submerges the city in water during monsoon. “I can very well imagine what condition of the city must be like during monsoon as it is 89% deficient in storm water. Once we send our recommendations to World Bank, it will hire some consultants to prepare a detailed project report,” he added.
On Wednesday, Gupta will visit Chaura Bazaar in Zone A and some areas of Zone C. He will also be holding discussions with Additional Commissioner Sumit Jarangal on overall findings.