Bhopal: The people will have to bear the stink emanating from the clogged and overflowing septic tanks as owing to shortage of required machines, the wait for cleaning up of sewage lines in the state capital is likely to stretch longer. Notably, there are only 14 machines meant for cleaning in 19 zones of the Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC). And, most of these machines are not efficient enough to take up the task of suction and jetting simultaneously.

In absence of adequate machines, the residents are being forced to wait for over a week even after filing of complaints for cleaning of their sewage lines. How can we ensure hasty disposal of applications when most of our machines are not capable of suction or jetting at a time, said assistant engineer in the corporation municipal official.

The corporation some six months back had decided to induct eight more machines to expedite the process but is yet to finalise the process. These machines are capable of performing the tasks of suction as well as jetting in one go. A hefty budget of Rs 3. 64 crore was also sanctioned for the project but the civic body is awaiting response from the companies to supply the machines for the last six months.

The corporation had floated tenders for the machines for two times but they failed to get any supplier. However, the residents on the other hand are forced to wait for seven to ten days to receive response in this regard once they apply for cleaning of sewage in their septic tanks. The corporation is charging Rs 500 from person requesting cleaning of tank at their residence.

At present the machines take around 2 hours to 6 hours for cleaning a tank and since on an average there is only one machine at the service, the delay arises. AR Pawar, city engineer water works when contacted said, “the process is on but I can’t say when it will be complete as I am out of station and will have to look into details.”

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