Last year,the Zirakpur Municipal Corporation claimed that all possible steps have been taken to ensure that there is no more water logging in Zirakpur. The claim,however,fell flat after Mondays downpour,as water yet again entered houses of several residents of Vikas Nagar,Zirakpur.
The claim was made in response to a petition filed by a widow whose husband had died of electrocution in 2009 after water had entered her house,owing to heavy rainfall.
Sunita Sharma,the widow,told Newsline,It is the same situation as it was in 2009. Water had entered our house on the fateful day when my husband Kamal Suparn had died. The situation has become worse.
The Zirakpur MC had also claimed,last year,that after steps taken by the MC,in 2010,no complaints of water logging have been received.
Paver blocks,unclean road gullies the main cause
Excessive use of paver blocks,unplanned construction and incomplete work on different stretches – these are some of the reasons apart from unclean road gullies that are leading to water logging in the city.
The residents are the ones suffering,with even light rains causing the roads to get filled with water and affecting traffic movement and causing the vehicles to get stuck.
Over the past few years,paver blocks have been installed at numerous places. Whether it is markets or pavements all the vacant spaces in the city are being covered by paver blocks.
Due to the use of paver blocks,instead of water percolating into the ground,there is surface run-off. The water spills on to the roads.
The 30,000 odd road gullies in different sectors have not been cleaned. This affects the flow of water. The increase in the surface run-off compounds the problem.
With the width of the pipelines in the road gullies not sufficient to handle such a surge of water,it does not clear off easily from the roads. In fact there are some points in the city where water collects as soon as it rains.
An official stated that a large number of paver blocks have been installed in different sectors. These were affecting the recharging of ground water and leading to surface run-offs. This was adding to the water logging on the roads.
The issue of restricting the use of paver blocks has been taken up time and again in the Municipal Corporation. Discussions have been held on installation of the paver blocks as per policy. Still paver blocks worth crores are being installed. It had also been proposed that perforated paver blocks could be installed so that water percolates to the ground. However,these were not installed at many places.
Unplanned construction on some stretches is also causing water logging. Councillor Arun Sood says that in some areas in his ward,the construction of cycle tracks was obstructing the flow of water. The residents were being made to put up obstructions outside their residences in order to prevent water from entering.
In some areas,the road gullies are missing. This was detected during the recent checks being conducted by the Municipal Corporation. Directions have now been issued for the construction of these road gullies.
In its reply,the Zirakpur MC had claimed that a committee was constituted under the Chairman of Chief Secretary,Punjab and that sewerage pipes have been laid down to tackle the menace of water logging. It was in this case that the High Court had directed the authorities to take note of the unplanned development going on in Zirakpur.
The High Court had refused to show conviction in the claim of the Punjab government wherein it had contended that efforts were on to check the unplanned development in Zirakpur.
The High Court had taken suo motu notice on the basis of a news item which had highlighted that a man was electrocuted in a bid to save his inverter from rainwater entering his house due to the non-effective sewage system.
The Court had observed that there appears to be a situation of chaos and danger to the health of residents of Zirakpur,which is known as the gateway to the capital of Punjab and Haryana.