Drains to be cleaned to prevent water-logging during rains
In order to prepare for the monsoon season officials of the Municipal Corporation of Dehradun (MCD) had planned to clean the big and small drains of the city this week. However, the permission to pass tender could not be secured in time due to the election model code of conduct being in force. The officials state that it might take some time for the sanitation drive to start in the city.
It is pertinent to mention here that the MCD still lacks adequate number of sanitation staff. However, following a couple of spells of rain experienced recently and keeping the arrival of monsoon season in mind, the MCD was trying to pass a tender and get the drains clean by contract workers. The request, however, is yet to be approved by the election commission and the municipal officials are unsure whether it will be granted soon.
Dehradun mayor Sunil Uniyal ‘Gama’ said, “Keeping the city clean is one of our main priorities. Earlier, the MCD had one Jatayu machine and now has three. The machine is being used regularly in the city. We have also instructed our workers to clean the drain of the city much before the arrival of the monsoon season. This work used to start in the month of May however we will start it this month to ensure the proper management of the city. The drains in the city have been marked and the drive to clean them will also start soon.”
Municipal commissioner Vinay Shankar Pandey said, “We have sent a letter to the Election Commission committee for passing the tender which may be approved soon. As soon as the permission is granted to us we will start the drive. The main focus will be to clean the big drains of the city. Further, to prevent the water logging on the roads especially in the congested areas as small drains are one of the main reason the water overflows on the streets during rains, we will appoint workers to clean those too.’’
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