Outfall drain poses danger

Outfall drain poses danger
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Highlights

Outfall drain is posing a grave threat to pedestrians and vehicle users at different places in Bhavanipuram, Vidyadharapuram and Kabela areas. The failure of the Vijayawada Municipal Corporation (VMC) to cover them properly has increased the intensity of problem. One person dead and many others survived with injuries because of these drains during the past six months.

Vijayawada: Outfall drain is posing a grave threat to pedestrians and vehicle users at different places in Bhavanipuram, Vidyadharapuram and Kabela areas. The failure of the Vijayawada Municipal Corporation (VMC) to cover them properly has increased the intensity of problem. One person dead and many others survived with injuries because of these drains during the past six months.

The outfall drain covering Karakatta, Sivalayam, HB Colony, Bhavanipuram, Dargah, Labour Colony and Kabela carries many sediments that spread silt all along the drain. If any person accidentally falls in the drain, he/she traps into the silt while drain water flows as usual on the silt.

Highlights:

  • The drain at Urmila Nagar is very close to road and it poses a threat to passers-by and vehicle riders
  • When the traffic is heavy and during the night, accidents occur while the pedestrians and two-wheeler riders give way to vehicles coming from opposite direction, explains M Raju, a resident of the colony
  • Corporator of 29th division B Sandhya Rani says that they already informed the problem to the higher officials of corporation when one person drowned, but no action is taken so far

“The drain at Urmila Nagar is very close to road and it posed a threat to passers-by and vehicle riders. When the traffic is heavy and during the night, accidents occur while the pedestrians and two-wheeler riders give way to vehicles coming from opposite direction,” explained M Raju, a resident of the colony.

When asked about the fate of people, corporator of 29th division B Sandhya Rani said they had already informed the problem to the higher officials of corporation when one person drowned. However, no action was taken so far, she added.

The outfall drain from Labour Colony to Sitara Centre and Kabela areas also passes along the main road. The wide drain without any cover on it was proving fatal for pedestrians, school children and even animals. Especially, the drain from Sitara Centre to Kabela is covered with plastic.

Animals and innocent children mistook it to solid waste and becoming victims. On stepping on to the floating material, the animals are being trapped in the drain.The drain linking Kamakotinagar to RTC workshop is another danger area as no cover on drains appears at many places.

Everyday somebody falls into the canal as there are no margin for roads for the stretch from Sankara Matham to workshop. The drain dangerously passes along the cement road. “A mesh on the drain is essential for safety of children,” said K Nirmala, a parent, who drops and picks up her LKG-studying daughter from the school.

By Noor Shaik

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