Harshraj SinghTribune Information ServiceLudhiana, June 24
Residents residing close to the Buddha Nullah have demanded that the Municipal Company (MC) should energy banks of the rivulet in a proper method earlier than the onset of monsoon within the area.
At current, the MC has eliminated waste from the Buddha Nullah. The civic physique has piled up waste alongside banks of the nullah.
The MC began desilting of the Buddha Nullah via poclain machines final month. Officers of the MC claimed that round 75 per cent desilting work of the Buddha Nullah was full. Notably, the MC had allotted Rs 2 crore for desilting of the nullah in its annual estimated Price range for the 2020-21 fiscal.
Rakesh Lekhi, a resident of New Kundan Puri, stated, “The MC should ensure removal of encroachments along the Buddha Nullah so that the rivulet can be cleaned properly.”
“Now, the removed waste is piled along the nullah. There are chances that this waste will flow into the nullah during heavy rainfall. The MC must ensure strengthening of the nullah banks to avoid flooding of the nearby areas,” he added.
Sanjay Goel, chairman, Indian Institute of Architects (Punjab Chapter), stated, “After removing waste from the Buddha Nullah, it should not be piled along its banks. If the MC is removing waste and piling it along the nullah banks for strengthening, it is just an eyewash. The MC must construct a retaining wall along the Buddha Nullah.”
Notably, a portion of nullah banks was broken final yr when heavy rainfall lashed the town and its polluted water entered into close by fields. In August 2019, after sudden rise of the water stage two breaches within the Buddha Nullah at completely different places on Tajpur Street led to flooding of the slum space and close by streets. Sewer water additionally flowed again in some areas, together with Dhoka Mohala, Shivpuri and New Kundanpuri, positioned close to the Buddha Nullah attributable to rise in its water stage.
“The removed waste is piled up for strengthening Buddha Nullah banks. It is not the way to strengthen banks. This waste will enter nullah if heavy rainfall lashes the city. Waste removed from the nullah should be shifted to the dumping site. The MC must ensure proper cleaning of the nullah and strengthen its banks,” stated Parminder Mehta, a former councillor.
The MC Superintending Engineer, Rajinder Singh, stated, “Around 75 per cent desilting of the Buddha Nullah is complete. The remaining work will be completed soon. Waste removed from the nullah is transported to the dumping site. Only soil from the nullah has been dumped at some points along its banks.”
“The higher authorities have given directions to the B&R branch to place sand bags for strengthening banks of the nullah,” he added.