Claims down the drain, red-faced Lucknow Municipal Corporation firefights | Lucknow News

LUCKNOW: Over Rs 3 crore spent by the Lucknow Municipal Corporation (LMC) on cleaning of drains ahead of monsoon this year to check waterlogging went down the drain on Friday. Almost the entire city was flooded with rainwater following overnight downpour.
Although LMC staff and officers, including commissioner and mayor, were on toes all day to carry out relief measures, people raised questions over the claims of the civic body, which they said, washed away in a few hours.

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The extensive water-logging after heavy rain witnessed on Friday is a perennial problem tormenting the city for decades. Clogged drainage, faulty road design, encroachments on drains by people and dumping of garbage in nullahs have been identified to be the main causes for the menace. District and civic agencies need to realise that such a situation does not augur well for the city which aspires to become `Smart’. It’s time to draw acomprehensive plan to improve conditions in a systematic manner and now allow taxpayers money to go to waste

Corporators pointed out that the LMC had spent Rs 5 crore for the drain-cleaning last year, which was reduced to Rs 3 crore this year, and said that they had opposed the move when the budget was passed, but to no avail.
According to LMC, complaints of waterlogging were received from 75 areas in the city after which the civic body installed 60 additional temporary pumps along with 269 existing ones for relief. “Had LMC used funds properly, such a situation would not have arisen,” said Ram Kumar, while trying to drain out water from his house in Aliganj.
Municipal commissioner Indrajit Singh said, “The fund allocation was made before I took charge, hence I cannot comment. But waterlogging took place in low-lying areas of the city because of the poor drainage system. I will see to it that now onward things are done properly.”

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