One hour of rain on Monday was enough to cause damage in various parts of the city,as roads caved in near Maharaj Nagar,the under-construction mall City Centre,and in Model Town. Even low-lying colonies on Rahon Road and Tajpur Road were waterlogged after water from Bhattian sewerage treatment plant overflowed.
The roads near the under-construction mall City Centre were constructed with a cost of about Rs 75 lakh and the road metalling was done about a month ago. The area comes under Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT) and the then LIT chairman M M Vyas admits that it was not a fool-proof method of road construction because deep basement digging had been done in the building of the mall.
Superintending engineer of LIT Sukhbir Singh Jakhar said,We cannot enter the incomplete City Centre building to build a retaining wall because the City Centre case is still in court. In the absence of the retaining wall,the roads along the mall will always be at risk.
In August last year,the roads along the under-construction mall City Centre had caved in because of heavy rainfall.
In Maharaj Nagar,a mini-truck got stuck after a portion of a road caved in. The truck was taken out with great difficulty.
A road was damaged near Suman Hospital in Model Town area. A truck got stuck here too.
In the colonies on Rahon Road and Tajpur Road,the condition was miserable because Bhattian STP water overflows into them regularly.
Waterlogging was also seen in Janakpuri and a few more low-lying areas in the old city.