With the monsoons just around the corner,the Municipal Corporation (MC) is struggling to clean up more than 30,000 road gullies across different sectors. With a work force of around 100 people deployed for the task,the delayed monsoon seems to be a blessing in disguise for the civic body. While officials claim that work was started months in advance,the condition of the road gullies present a picture of neglect.
A visit to any of the sectors shows the road gullies are in shambles. Sweepers after cleaning the roads collect the leaves near the road gullies. At times the sweepers burn the collected leaves and smoke can be seen coming out from the road gullies. This leads to choking of the road gullies during the rains.
At places the construction waste is also left near these road gullies. Pieces of concrete that enter the gullies prove to be a hindrance to the flow of water. The workers who are involved in the task of cleaning these,leave the waste near the gullies. A downpour leads the waste to enter the gullies once again.
The large number of road gullies in comparison to the number of labourers ensures that the road gullies can barely be cleaned once before the onset of the monsoons. In case of heavy rain,water collects on the roads causes hindrances in the movement of traffic.
Due to lack of adequate supervision,the work of cleaning the road gullies is not being done in a satisfactory manner. The councillors have a different story to tell.
Gurcharan Dass Kala,the area councillor of Manimajra,says,Work on cleaning the road gullies has not started in my area despite repeated requests to the officers. This would create problems once the rains set in with the roads being water logged. The officials need to act before the onset of rains. The normal date of onset of the monsoon is June 30. If the monsoons had hit the city on time,it would have caught the civic body unawares.
Meanwhile the Water Supply and Sewerage Disposal Committee of the Municipal Corporation has called an emergency meeting on the issue.
Chairman of the committee Mukesh Bassi says,We have asked for details of the areas where the cleaning of the road gullies has been undertaken and where work is left. There are problems even in areas where it is being claimed that cleaning of the gullies has been done. The officials will be asked to expedite the process.
An official of the Public Health wing said that the work on cleaning the road gullies is on. The number of road gullies is quite high. It requires months to complete one round of cleaning.