North Municipal Corporation commissioner PK Gupta has announced that the civic agency will complete de-silting of drains by May 31. He said de-silting work had started and the agency had chalked out a plan to finish it before the deadline.
Gupta said the civic agency would soon prepare a list of officers and the de-silting work they are responsible for. Every officer in-charge of a drain will be easily approachable. In case there are any problems during the monsoon,the officer can be contacted directly to get the problem fixed, Gupta said.
To ensure that de-silting is done,photographs will be taken while work is in progress. If officers face any problems,the headquarters will be intimated as soon as possible. Places vulnerable to waterlogging will be monitored too. The headquarters will monitor the process of de-silting closely. There are many points in the city that have faced waterlogging every monsoon. We are checking these vulnerable points, North corporation Commissioner P K Gupta said.
As many as 18 pump houses and 128 pumps are under repair and the corporation has 609 nallah beldars (workers) to clean the drains. North corporation looks after 1,066 drains that are less than four feet deep and 199 drains are above four feet deep.
The corporation has five suction machines and one super sucker machines which is shared with the South corporation. Gupta claimed that the corporation would buy one more super sucker for Rs 12.64 crore and six suction machines for Rs 3.5 crore.
However,the corporation is still trying to demarcate drains that fall in the corporations jurisdiction and those that fall in the PWDs jurisdiction.