News : Waterlogging Plaints Flood Helpline Number
Kolhapur, India, July 8, 2016 -- The toll free helpline number, 18002331913, started by the Kolhapur Municipal Corporation (KMC) is flooded with waterlogging complaints these days.
There have been 30 such complaints in the recent past and the KMC claims to have attended 50%. The civic body has now decided to deploy a team of 30 conservancy workers to address the issue in the next couple of days. The team will remove chokes from the drains and clear roadside drains since most of such cases have been reported from the low lying areas.
Vijay Patil, chief sanitation inspector in the KMC, said, "Some of the areas in the city are prone to waterlogging even if it rains for a few hours. We have identified areas where waterlogging has been frequent since the last few days and have deployed workers to get these cleaned by removing garbage dumped along the roadside. We have also spotted areas where waterlogging is being witnessed for the first time because of reasons such as absence of stormwater drains. In such areas, we will built small trenches along the roadside to drain out stagnated rainwater."
The areas which witnessed frequent waterlogging include Siddharnagar, Sutarwada, Shahupuri, Juna Budhwar Peth and Lakshmipuri. The KMC has observed that at some places, the construction debris dumped along the roadside is causing hindrance in draining out of stagnated water.
"Very few complaints have been registered regarding dumping of debris and the inconvenience caused thereby. We have asked the divisional ward level officers to monitor construction activities and act if in case dumping of debris is causing inconvenience of any kind. Since the water level of the Panchganga river has receded in the last 24 hours, the chances of waterlogging for longer period has lessened," Patil added.
Posted by Veronica Silva Cusi, news correspondent
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