BMC gears up to combat waterlogging this monsoon


Bhubaneswar: To put a check on urban flooding, the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) has identified 37 vulnerable points across the city and has chalked out a plan by pre-positioning water pumps to drain water.

At least 12 5HP pumps and six 10HP pumps from BMC and 19 pumps from the Odisha Fire Services will be pressed into service to ensure fast clearance of rainwater, said a BMC communiqué.

The civic body also notified a list of designated officers for the 37 locations to ensure the pre-positioning of the pump sets before rain starts. The officials will also be responsible for the smooth management of the dewatering exercise in case of heavy or very heavy rainfall in their localities, it said.

The vulnerable locations are Sikharchandi (Trinath Nagar), Rudrapur/Hansapal (Bhoi Sahi), Mangalamandir, Saswat Vihar/Amrapalli area/Padmavati Vihar, Mahavir Basti, Mayfair (Jotshna Apartment/Ghanashyam Apartment), Pabitra Guest House, Sriram City, Khandagiri Bari, Iskcon Temple, Nayapalli Behera Sahi (Tarini Temple), Radhakrushna Nagar, Nayapalli Bhoi Sahi, Behind Krishna Towr (Khimji Gali), Jaydev Vihar (Lane No. III), Bairagi Nagar, Jharpada (shanty Nagar), Gayatri Nagar, Mali Sahi Leprosy Colony, Laxmi Sagar (near Malianta Tank/Champa Pokhari), Paika Nagar (Munda sahi), Paika Nagar, Shatabdi Nagar, Rabindra Garden, Gadhiakhala/Adheikhala/Pandav Nagar, Slab Industry (backside drain), Gouri Nagar (Lane-I), Gouri Garden, Garage Square (Daya West Canal), Sarada Matha Lane, Kelu Charan Mohapatra Park (front lane), Charichhaka Bhimatangi (Lane-7), Gouri Shankar English Medium School, Mallick Complex, Panchasakha Nagar, Jagamohan Nagar (Green Park area) and Narendra Garden-Siddheswar Garden.

Meanwhile, the cleaning and de-silting work undertaken by the civic authorities over the drainage channels and internal drains across the city will be completed very soon, it added.

The capital city has got 10 numbers of drainage channels amounting to nearly of 60 km length and internal drains of more than 560 km. All these drainage channels are carrying their loads to Gangua Nullah, which takes the waters to Daya river, as a tributary.

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