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AMC’s pre-monsoon plan goes down the drain as rain woes still haunt

The poor implementation of Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation’s (AMC) pre-monsoon action plan has led to raining hardships on people,especially those living in low-lying areas.

The poor implementation of Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation’s (AMC) pre-monsoon action plan has led to raining hardships on people,especially those living in low-lying areas.

Preparations like cleaning of drains and resurfacing of roads,which were started late,are believed to be behind the monsoon mess.

However,AMC officials and ruling party office-bearers argue that the plans are designed to meet situations arising out of a rain spell of one inch.

They hold that the system can withstand rains of one inch and not beyond. If the rainfall is more than one inch in a day,waterlogging is inevitable,they argue.

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It rained just an average 1.73 inches on Wednesday,but it caused major chaos across the city in several areas,exposing the pre-monsoon preparations.

According to figures available from AMC sources,the city has 1,03,229 manholes,but only 40,385 have been cleaned by its personnel this year.

Similarly,out of 31,665 catchpits in the city,only 9,414 have been cleaned this year.

“The result”,says AMC Opposition Leader Badruddin Shaikh,“is that waterlogging is caused in as many as 70 localities in different parts of the city.”

He said the administration’s attention was being drawn to expedite the cleaning process for six months,to no avail.

“Waterlogging is caused by lack of adequate desilting due to which gutters send water back to the origin instead of letting it go to pumping stations,” says Shaikh.

He believes that the Rs 669 crore spent on JNNURM projects for laying drainage lines and road constructions over the past three years has gone down the drain.

AMC Standing Committee chairman Bhupendra Patel does not agree on the desilting bit.

“How long does it take for even one-inch rainfall,say ten minutes or three hours,decides the severity of the problem,” he said,adding,“every time you cannot blame it on lack of desilting”.

“Sudden and fast rainfall also means washing out of drains. We are planning to complete laying of drains in the city by end of March 2014 which should reduce the problem to a large extent,” he said.