Plan to overcome flooding

6 Jan 2014, Hindustan Times (Delhi)

The Municipal Corporation of Faridabad (MCF) will prepare an action plan that will include putting a proper stormwater drainage system in place, opening the choked stormwater drains and redesigning improper roads. This will help overcome the problem of flooding in Faridabad and the neighbouring Ballabgarh town.

There are several stormwater drains in the city, particularly the Gaunchi drain that remain choked.

There are several stormwater drains in the city, particularly the Gaunchi drain that remain choked. They undergo the customary cleaning before the onset of monsoon every year. The residents allege that there are no stormwater drains at several places in various sectors. This results in flooding in even the posh localities even with a mild shower.

The incessant rain in August this year made has the Union Ministry of Urban Development wiser. The secretary to the government of India in the department, Dr Sudhir Krishna wrote a letter to the chief secretaries of all the states advising them to prepare a suitable action plan for flood proofing of each city/town.

In his letter Krishna highlighted the core causes for flooding of localities that include lack of planned stormwater drainage system; increased run off due to inappropriate concretisation/ paving in urban areas; sinking of plinth due to increase in height of roads; choked stormwater drains with solid waste, including construction and demolition waste; improper design of the road; diminishing spread and depth of the urban water bodies (lakes and ponds) and lack of its integration with stormwater drainage system; inadequate arrangements to dispose of stormwater from low lying areas.

 MCF executive engineer Anil Mehta admitted that the points raised in the letter from the secretary, Union Ministry of Urban Development are very pertinent to Faridabad. “After conducting a detailed study, proper drainage plan of the entire city is to be made for making it flood proof. For making the city free from flooding, relaying of the existing drains and carving out new stormwater drains is to be taken into account. The issue of encroachment covering the existing stormwater drains also needs to be addressed,” he said. Mehta was hopeful that a study covering Faridabad and Ballabgarh for the purpose would be conducted soon.

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