Ghaziabad: A ₹ 119 crore project has been earmarked to prevent urban flooding in Polcode.


Aware of water logging during the monsoon months last year, the Municipal Corporation of Ghaziabad has started drain cleaning and sanitation work about a month earlier than usual this year, but to prevent flooding in the city's residential colonies. A major project for has been put on hold due to the outbreak. Municipal authorities said the Model Code of Conduct (MCC).

Citizens say that road flooding happens every monsoon, the silt taken out of the drains is not picked up in time and left on the side, and during rains the silt gets deposited back into the drain. .  (Saqib Ali/HT Photo)
Citizens say that road flooding happens every monsoon, the silt taken out of the drains is not picked up in time and left on the side, and during rains the silt gets deposited back into the drain. . (Saqib Ali/HT Photo)

Officials said that they tendered the works even before the implementation of the model code and currently cleaning of 109 major drains, 335 medium and about 635 small drains is in progress.

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“This work, roughly, is a cost estimate. 3-4 crores, have already been tendered. We have also purchased a large poclean machine for cleaning the Brij Vihar drain in Trans Hindon and this machine will be deployed throughout the year to clean the drains to prevent water logging in the nearby residential areas. We hope to complete these works by June 15,” said Mithilesh Kumar, health officer of the corporation.

Senior corporation officials said their major project for flood protection could not go to the tendering stage due to notification of model code.

Officials said the objective of the project was to strengthen and reconstruct the old drain that leads to Shahbari Bridge through Buland Shahr Road Industrial Area, South Side GT Road Industrial Area and ABES Crossing. Officials said that this drain goes further to Noida.

The aim of the project was to avoid water logging in residential and industrial areas. Due to the spread of the model code, several other projects have also been put on hold,” said municipal commissioner Vikramaditya Malik.

Officials said that the relief to the residents of Kavi Nagar, Rajapur, Mehrauli, Vivekananda Nagar, Pandu Nagar, NDRF Road, Bamhita, Shastri Nagar and Crossing Republic Townships under the flood prevention project. was

These works will not be started only after the counting of votes for the June 4 Lok Sabha elections.

Residents said that waterlogging in Ghaziabad during monsoon is a yearly affair.

“Water logging on the roads happens every monsoon. The silt taken out of the drains is not picked up on time and is left on the banks of the drain. Whenever it rains, the silt ends up back in the drain. To prevent water logging, the corporation often has to resort to emergency measures which remain inadequate,'' said Vikrant Sharma, a resident of Rajnagar Extension.

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