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Bathinda grapples with submerged roads, poor drainage; 37 cows dead

Bathinda: City grapples with submerged roads, poor drainage; 37 cows dead
Waterlogging was reported from outdoors DC advanced, judicial advanced, Energy Colony Street, Sirki Bazar, Bhatti street, Paras Ram Nagar, Mall Street, Amrik Street, Ajit Street and Civil Traces. (Categorical Photograph)

A MAN died of electrocution in Bathinda on Tuesday as the town reeled underneath steady rainfall for over seven hours.

Bathinda acquired the best quantity of rainfall (178 mm) in a single day within the final 20 years, in accordance with knowledge launched by Punjab Agricultural College’s (PAU) agrometeorlogy division. Roads had been submerged underneath 4-5 toes of water and there was no energy since late Monday evening. The relentless downpour broken the roof of a cattle pound in Bhagta Bhai Ka space, resulting in the deaths of 37 cows. Entry to many areas was lower off after a breach occurred within the sullage provider (which carries the wastewater of the town), resulting in drainage points. Most personal faculties introduced a vacation and schools reported low attendance.

Vijay Kumar, a resident of Kamla Nehru Colony, died of electrocution whereas closing down his store Tuesday night. Although there was no energy, sources stated he might have been utilizing an inverter.

Finance Minister Manpreet Badal introduced that he had launched Rs 10 lakh to the Bathinda deputy commissioner (DC) for Langar, water-proof sheets and different reduction as water had entered the properties of most individuals.

The DC declared a vacation in all metropolis faculties on Wednesday.

Residences of the IG, SSP and DC had been rendered inaccessible because of waterlogging. In Bhagta Bhai Ka space, 37 cows died whereas one other 15 had been injured in a cattle pound managed by a non secular preacher.

Waterlogging was reported from outdoors DC advanced, judicial advanced, Energy Colony Street, Sirki Bazar, Bhatti street, Paras Ram Nagar, Mall Street, Amrik Street, Ajit Street and Civil Traces.

On Bus Stand Street, individuals stated they noticed workers of the IG’s workplace swimming in water as much as the neck. In low-lying colonies, residents struggled to maintain their belongings on increased floor. Most markets remained closed.

It rained closely in Muktsar, Mansa and Ferozepur as nicely.

Talking to The Indian Categorical, Rishipal Singh Sidhu, commissioner, Municipal Company Bathinda, stated, “Sewer disposal is being managed by the sewerage board.

The company isn’t sustaining it as we’ve no operation and upkeep cell as a result of it’s the prerogative of the sewerage board. Nevertheless, the sewerage therapy plant (STP) within the metropolis has a capability of 52 million litres water per day (MLD) whereas immediately’s rainfall elevated the move to greater than 120 MLD. Therefore the system was not ready for a similar.”

Ashwini Kumar Govt, engineer, sewerage board, and Balwant Rai Nath, Mayor, Bathinda MC, couldn’t be reached for remark. Nevertheless, sources stated {that a} challenge to reinforce the capability of the STP had been awarded to a non-public firm by the SAD-BJP authorities in October 2015 and even they’ve contract of upkeep of sewerage and water pipes for 10 years.

“Both contracts were awarded by SAD-BJP government to Trevani company, the MC house is being run by SAD-BJP and today when it rained heavily, the sullage drain (point from where rain water and sullage is carried till the STP) breached as it was hardly cleaned. We got it cleaned ourselves and the private company’s staff was nowhere,” stated Jaijeet Singh Johal, vice-president of PPCC. “It has been done on the directions of FM Manpreet Singh Badal who is MLA of the area,” he added.

V P Shivangi, DGM, Trevani, informed this newspaper, “We were awarded a contract worth Rs 210 crore in October 2015, which included enhancing capacity of STP by another 4.5 MLD and also for handling operation and maintenance for 10 years. However, all clearances of STP were done in October 2018. Hence we will be able to complete the STP project in October provided we are given a go-ahead to lay another 9-km sewer pipeline to reach the discharge point. There is a total length of 13.5 km from STP to drainage point, but we have laid only 4.5 km as farmers are not allowing us to lay pipeline from the rest of the area. Work is at standstill since November last year.”

In accordance with Bathinda MP Harsimrat Badal, Rs 48 crore had been sanctioned to Bathinda MC underneath the AMRUT scheme for enhancing infrastructure.

A whole of 70 mm rainfall is predicted for Wednesday.

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