Recently, BMC Commissioner Jairaj Pathak had announced that nearly 70% of the pre-monsoon cleaning work of city drainages and gutters were completed. But a look at the gutters at Mahatmaphule Nagar, Mankurd will say otherwise. The blocked gutters have led to the seepage of gutter water near houses. Last monsoon, the wall of the house of Shobha Waghmore, a resident of Mankurd had collapsed. Even today is unable to repair the collapsed wall due to poverty. This is the area of Mankurd, the Mahatma Phule Nagar where every year during monsoon nearly 6 to 7 feet of water gets accumulated. Narrow lanes, haphazard dwellings, garbage have added to the list of woes of the residents. Situated near the dwellings is a drainage line in which water from the Navy Defense and Railways is released. But today the drainage and other gutters of the area are blocked with debris and garbage, choking up the entire drainage system. The rains are yet to come but the area is already flooded with water and one can easily wonder what the situation would be during monsoons. This is the gutter where the water from the toilets is released but shockingly, BMC has not bothered to clean the suffocated pipes. Ultimately the water has seeped into the dwellings and given rise to diseases. The locals voiced the other concerns they face. This is one of the area of Mankurd amongst the many which are neglected by BMC authorities and the locals only hope that BMC would pay heed to their problems. With cameraperson Rajendra Prasad, Archana Tripathi for NMTV News.
December 14, 2015
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