THE MUNICIPAL Corporation (MC) seems to have finally woken up from a slumber. The civic body has decided to purchase four Sewerage Suction Machines for the cleaning of sewerage lines at a cost of around Rs.1.5 crore.
The ageing sewerage lines are a matter of concern as the lines get choked during the monsoon season and spells of heavy rainfall.
The city has an almost 270 km long sewerage line which was laid in several phases in the last 40 years. Most parts of the sewerage lines are as old as 20 years. With the development of new residential areas, the scope for laying new sewerage pipelines became a tough task.
At present, there are 50 wards in the city including six villages. The MC is also going to take over the sewerage lines of sectors 76 to 80 and sectors 66 to 69, as per the new arrangements with the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA).
“In the coming few months, the MC will take the new areas under its jurisdiction. We will manage the sewerage lines as well. In that condition, we will need regular cleaning of the sewerage lines as the pipeline is very old and it cannot be replaced immediately,” said an MC official, requesting anonymity.
The official further told Chandigarh Newsline that the local bodies department granted permission to buy four machines, which include two mini super suction machines and two bigger machines. “We have started the process of purchasing the machines. We will complete the process within two months,” the official added.
The pipeline covering the areas from Kumbra village to Phase X is creating issues due to frequent choking of lines. The sewerage line also caved in at many places in the last one year.
The civic body, last year, hired two suction machines from Mumbai, to clean the sewerage lines, but it was only a temporary solution. Mayor Kulwant Singh said that it will be a one-time investment and with the purchase of the machines, the sewerage lines could be cleaned on a regular basis.