Chronicle Reporter, Bhopal, The Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC) appears to be apathetic towards filth on roads and clogged drains and nullahs. Monsoon should have set by now but it has been delayed by a few days but most of the city’s nullahs are clogged. For instance, the posh colonies like Shahpura, Kolar, Nehru Nagar have choked nullahs and there is filth all around.
In fact, BMC needs to clean up its own act. The government office campus where public health engineering department runs its office and where Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC) parks its vehicles has garbage strewn all around. The employees avoid using the dirty toilets situated in the premises.
A visit to Sarwadharam area in Kolar reveals lack of cleanliness on roads. The BMC is yet to decide on its plan of action towards cleaning nullahs in city giving sleepless nights to residents who, with the approaching rainy season, are anticipating repetition of a flood like situation.
The nullahs which overflow sewage every rainy season include the nullah near C sector in Saket Nagar, Patara nullah, Awadhpuri nullah, nullahs near Bhopal talkies, Bharat talkies, Chandbad, at Nehru Nagar Square, Banganga, Pushpa Nagar, Teelajamalpura and Bairagarh.
To one’s wonder, the dilemma towards the much-needed work is caused by none other than the encroachments that hardly leave any space for BMC’s large poclain or JCB machines to enter the colonies and manoeuvre.
For the last two years, the overflowing of sewage has been a usual scene in many parts of the old city. After last year’s woes, in order to minimise chances of overflowing the BMC had promised to ensure cleaning of the nullahs in advance so that the sewer could not accumulate additional water during this year’s rains. However, the encroachments around these nullahs are deterring the BMC to carry out the cleanliness work.
Notably, there are over 700 such small and big nullahs in the city which get filled during rains and overflow sewage and filth adding more to the already inundating parts of the city. The tension lies in: it takes minimum two months for the civic body to remove the filth deposited in the nullahs over the year and make the drainage system fully operational.
The health department responsible for guiding the BMC in cleanliness endeavours has recommended deployment of five poclain machines to carry out the nullah cleaning work. Tragically, though the BMC has six such poclain machines it is most unlikely they would be pressed into service as they are already occupied with soil removing work in the Upper Lake.
In such circumstances, the civic body has to hire extra machines to accomplish the task which again seems uncertain to the common public.