Bhopal: Rain brings misery, floods colonies

Bhopal: Incessant rains in the city for over the past few days have caused waterlogging in the colonies lying on Hoshangabad road. Clogged drains, choked storm drains, overflowing nullaha have led to waterlogging in Pebble Bay Society, Danish Nagar, Shalimar Seven garden, Chinar Upvan and Aryan wing.

Residents complained that their localities have got inundated over the past few days due to the continuous rains but the callous authorities have not taken any step to address it. Pradeep Rai, a resident of Pebble Bay society said that garbage and rainwater from nullaha adjacent to their colony flows into their area as a local college has encroached upon the land blocking the nullaha. The drain water flows into the colony as well as a school located nearby, he added.

Rai said that the dirty water and rubbish from nullaha enters the houses and damages furniture and other belongings. We have made complaints almost at every level but our grievances have not been addressed, said Rai.

Danish Nagar resident Anshu Gupta said that despite paying maintenance fee to the colony developer , the problem of clogged drains and chocked sewage lines continues and the situation becomes worse during rains. Even Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC) charges us but it never took care to ensure proper drainage system in the locality, she rued. It risky to drive on waterlogged roads, once rainwater entered into my car and caused damage to the tune of Rs 15000, said Gupta.

Veenu Solanki, who resides in Shalimar Seven Garden also complained of waterlogging in the colony. Residents have time and again complained to BMC staff and other government agencies but to no avail.

Sangeeta Upadhyaya, a resident of Aryan Wing colony, said that rain water has flooded the colony and is entering into houses. The administration did not take proper channelisation the nulhaha and so it starts overflowing during rains, she complained. Chinar Upvan colony resident, Shalu Chawla, also expressing similar views said that the residents have to wade through water-logged roads and driving on two-wheeler is a nightmare.

Harish Gupta, deputy commissioner in the BMC when contacted said that the issue of encroachment on the nullaha near Pebble Bay colony has come to us and we will initiate process of bulldozing it soon as no construction is allowed on nullahas.

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