Tribune press service

Sandeep Rana

Chandigarh, June 28

The monsoon should arrive in the city in two days, but not all the ravines of the roads have yet been cleared.

The problem of waterlogging during the rains is likely to give residents a hard time. During a random check, it was noticed that in some places, not to mention the cleaning of the road ravines, even the growth of wild grass was not removed. Garbage and dry leaves were also observed in some places.

During the rains, water fails to cross these road ravines and the congestion of roads and roundabouts.

“In Sector 22, many road ravines have garbage everywhere. On the stretch from the chowk bus stop to sectors 18, 19 and 27, dry leaves can be seen accumulating on the ravines of the road. It needs an effective mechanism and proper oversight,” said Rakesh Kanojia, chairman of the city-based Madagar Foundation.

Baljinder Singh Bittu, Chairman of the Federation of Welfare Associations of Chandigarh Sector (FOSWAC), said: “Road gullies are not cleared and because of this people will face inconvenience during the rains. . In our sector 21, the road ravines have a huge growth of wild grass. Rather than making high claims, the MC should ensure the work on the ground.

However, the civic body claimed that it had already cleared 85% of the road’s ravines. “Road ravines are cleared annually with a target date of July 15. Already 85% of road ravines have been cleared. More manpower has been deployed to complete the work by July 10. No less than 18 teams, including an SDE and a JE, have already been formed to remain active in the field during the monsoon,” said Commissioner MC Anindita Mitra.

Complaint number to report congestion

The MC has also issued a complaint number for residents. “A telephone operator will be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, at the control room, sector 15, on 0172-2540200. Residents can file their complaints of congestion on this number. Four teams of dedicated workers will be deployed from July 1 at night to deal with the problem of water stagnation,” said the head of MC.

Expect pre-monsoon showers today

Chandigarh: Pre-monsoon showers are expected to hit the city on Wednesday while the monsoon is expected to arrive in the city between June 30 and July 1. The Meteorological Department forecast light rain for the next five days. “Conditions become favorable for a further advance of the southwest monsoon in parts of Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh between June 30 and July 1. The maximum temperature is expected to drop by 4°C to 6° C in most parts of Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh over the next four days,” the meteorologist said.

“Huge Wild Growth”

The ravines of the roads are not cleared and because of this people will face inconvenience during the rains. In our sector 21, the road ravines have huge wild shoots. Rather than making lofty claims, the MC should ensure the work on the ground.— Baljinder Singh Bittu, President of FOSWAC