GURUGRAM: The sewage disposal system in had been disrupted around six months ago during the construction work of the Bajghera . The colony’s sewage lines had been cut off from the master line, making the manholes in the area overflow and sewage water collect on roads at several places. After the latest spell of rain, the situation has become a public health hazard, according to residents.
Sources said the public works department (PWD) had asked the contractor assigned to build the flyover to connect the colony’s sewage lines to the master line as part of the project.
However, the contractor and other government agencies have been passing the buck since then, according to residents.
“The sewage lines were to be connected to the master line by the contractor but he told us that the work had to be done by the government agencies. When we approached PWD minister Rao Narbir Singh on the matter, he assured us that the issue would be resolved within three weeks. However, it has been over a month now and nothing has changed,” said Sunil Yadav, RWA president, Palam Vihar.
Singh said that the problem was putting the health of over 50,000 people at risk. He also tweeted to the Prime Minister’s Office and the chief minister’s Twitter handle on the grounds of Swacch Bharat but has got no response. “The situation has been like this for months. Nobody is telling us what the exact problem is. We have approached everyone we possibly could but nothing has happened,” said Ravi Bhatia, a resident from the area.
The situation is worse in the C Block where recently at least 20 families had been left stranded due to the ongoing flyover work. TOI had reported on the plight of the families who had virtually lost access to roads from their houses. The PWD dug up the road outside their houses a year and half ago for the flyover. “If it rains heavily, the sewage water flows out to most roads and starts entering houses, making it impossible to get in or go out,” said Ashok Katyal, a resident of C Block, Palam Vihar.
When approached for a comment, contractor Dharmendra Jain, however, said, “We recently connected the colony’s sewage lines to the main line. However, the main line is overflowing and the sewage water is flowing into Palam Vihar.” He added that Gurugram Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA) officials had been cleaning the sewage lines for the past few days to resolve the issue.
When TOI visited the spot on Tuesday, a GMDA machine was indeed found cleaning sewage lines. “There is an overflow of sewage waste due to rain. We are cleaning the sewage lines and the problem should be resolved soon,” said a GMDA official.
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