Monsoon Woes Looming Large, All Clogged Cuttack City Drains To Be Fully Cleaned By June 5

Cuttack: With the onset of Monsoon likely to touch Odisha by the first week of June as per the forecast made by the weather experts and as acute water-logging due to the clogged drainage system in this millennium city has been a menace on rainy days, a significant meeting for mitigation was convened today.

The meeting, chaired by Central Division Revenue Divisional Commissioner (RDC) Anil Kumar Samal, decided and issued orders that all the drains in this city must be completely cleaned by June 5.

Soon after the important meeting, the Central Division RDC told media, “It is expected that monsoon will break by the first week of June. For Cuttack city, clogged drainage is a main problem. Hence, our concern is to see how the drainage system of the lanes, by-lanes and the main drain could be properly cleaned and free for flow. For this purpose we had convened a meeting today.”

He informed, “Deadline has been issued to both Cuttack Municipal Corporation (CMC) and JICA for de-silting and cleaning of all the drains. JICA works are still on progress at many places. Most of their drains are covered. Those drains must be cleaned at the earliest and the works must be completed soon. The drains maintained by the CMC will also be cleaned soon. The number of water pumps required for pumping out water-logging was also discussed today. In most of cases, solid waste is the reason behind the chocking of the drains. The CMC Health Officer has also been directed to clean them all on time.”

He added, “The places where there are encroachments and JCB machine is unable to access into, we today discussed on how to tackle the issues there manually deploying gangs. Accordingly, JICA has been ordered to comply.”

“Most of the drains will be cleaned before May 31 while some of the drains will be completed before June 5. We are hopeful that all the drains in Cuttack city will be completely cleaned before June 5. This will not result in water stagnation or over-flooding. There is a bit of lack of coordination between JICA and CMC. Hence, the issues relating to CMC and JICA were also discussed today at the meeting. Thus, the lack of coordination has been addressed today and it will definitely help in smooth drainage of rain water in the city,” stated the RDC.