LUCKNOW: With monsoonbarely 10 days away and the mayor already having issued instructions for cleaning up of all drains before June 31, it would be pretty difficult for LMC to meet the deadline as maximum drains in city are still choked with garbage. While many drains are still unattended, the ones that were cleaned recently have choked again as the silt left to dry on sides has flown back.
After cleaning drains, LMC workers dump the silt and waste on the sides and leave it for drying before removal. But LMC workers don’t pick it up and it gradually again goes back into the drain when it rains or.Drains in Chowk, Nakkhas, Chaupatiya, Nadan Mahal Road, Aminabad, Charbagh and Narhi are brimming with polythene and waste. Sunny Gupta of Narhi said, “The drains here have not been cleaned, moreover, the sanitary workers dump the road’s waste also in the drains leading to further clogging.”Most drains in Narhi and Aminabad have been encroached upon which make their cleaning a difficult task for LMC staff. “Workers come to clean the market in two shifts. The night shift workers dump the silt of drains on the sides and never come back to remove it. When we request morning shift staff to remove it, they say that only night shift workers would clean it,” said Ranjeet Kannaujia of Narhi.
Recent showers spread the silt on the roads in most places. In Rahimanagar, freshly removed silt and garbage spilled over the entire road and driving and walking became a miserable experience. The mayor had directed LMC to clean drains soon but the staff is just adding to the mess by not following the roster. When we complain to the corporator, he says he’s not responsible,” said Subhash.
Huge silt piles can be seen besides drains in Vishnupuri, Indraprastha, sector 6 & 8 of Vikasnagar, Indiranagar, Sarvodaya Nagar, Panchvati Colony near Rahimnagar, IT College and Karamat Market causing traffic jams.
“The drains in my locality were cleaned just after mayor’s instructions but the silt is still lying on the sides. When we lodge complaint, both LMC and Jal Sansthan pass the responsibility on one another,” said Ajit Kumar of Nadan Mahal Road.
Cleaning of drains should have begun in March to channelise storm water by monsoon. Even after such a long delay and a dressing down by the mayor, LMC has failed to swing into action. It is not even ensuring that silt removed from drains is properly disposed of. As a result, it is leading to further littering on the roads. To avoid waterlogging, LMC should have taken lessons from past years’ experiences when choked drains have led to waterlogging for hours, causing accidents, traffic chaos and inconvenience to public