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Punjab: Zirakpur sinks, civic guardians at sea | Chandigarh News


MOHALI: If the sound of pitter patter comforted people as they went to sleep in their housing societies and highrises in Zirakpur on Tuesday night, Wednesday morning brought to light the pitfalls of living in a town with haphazard development and choked drains.
Roads were waterlogged, colonies inundated and parking lots resembled dirty swimming pools.
Inured to such sights even after a short spell of rain, the aftermath this time was a bit too much for residents.

Sharanjit Kaur of Bhabat said, “We faced a flood-like situation as water entered our houses. The MC had announced road gullies had been cleaned well before monsoon, but their claims fell flat.”
As civic guardians again failed on all fronts, residents put up sandbags to stop water from entering their colonies in some places.
Sukhdev Chaudhary, president of a resident welfare association, and other representatives alleged the alliance of leaders, builders and officers in Zirakpur was exposed as there was severe waterlogging in housing societies. People who bought houses feared their belongings and valuables and vehicles might get damaged, they said. Naval Arora, Raman Khosla, Rakesh Kumar and Sarita Malik, all residents of Dhakoli, said water had accumulated up to two to three feet in their societies. JAC representatives said storm water drains here have been filled with construction waste thrown by builders. In Peer Muchalla, Kishanpura and Baltana, the council teams have not cleaned the drains before the rains, they said.

MONSOON MALADY SERVED HOT: This is what happened in Dhakoli, Zirakpur, on Wednesday. Many struggled, a few did not let the waterlogged road bother them and one person flirted with danger following the incessant rainfall

At the same time, breach in seasonal rivulets Patiali ki Rao and Jayanti Devi ki Rao caused flash flood-like situation in Mullanpur, New Chandigarh, with water entering houses in many villages.
The rainwater also crossed over to the main road leading from Chandigarh to Siswan T-point, stopping traffic for some time.

Mohali deputy commissioner Girish Dayalan directed Kharar SMD to inspect the flooded areas and take stock of the situation. However, DC said that no damage to life and property was reported.





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