Despite 155 mm rainfall in 30 hours in Bhubaneswar, BMC fights water logging with dedicated teams

Bhubaneswar: To manage the water logging situation across the city efficiently, the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) today deployed 40 officers along with 120 staff of the urban local body.
While 300 sweepers were engaged for the job, nine pumps, i.e. four from BMC and five from the Fire Services Department were engaged to help the residents of affected areas. The BMC Storm Water Helpline number 0674-2432281, which is working on 24X7 basis remained busy addressing citizens’ call to redress the situation. Till 7 pm today citizens registered 55 complaints with the civic body, which were immediately addressed with the quick action teams.
According to the local Meteorological Centre, Bhubaneswar monsoon rains, catalysed by a low pressure, has ventured into the landmass in Northern Odisha and centred around undivided Balasore district, resulting in more than 155 mm rains in and around Bhubaneswar thus triggering a water logging situation in low-lying areas of the State Capital. While from 8.30 am on July 15 till 8.30 am on July 16 there was a rainfall of 123.5 mm, from 8.30 am today till 2.30 pm in the afternoon there was a rainfall of 32 mm.
Many major water logging points across the city, however, saw a low intensity water logging today due to continuous cleaning and de-silting of small, major drains and drainage channels. However, with the huge rainfall of 155.5 mm during last 30 hours the situation became a challenge for the entire team, but the issues were addressed without any fail.
While the rainwater was pumped out in places like Mallick Complex Jagamara (WN.63), Chidananda Vihar (WN. 49), Sarada Math Lane (WN. 59) and Paikanagar (WN.50), actions were also taken at Jaydev Vihar, Nilamadhab Basti (W.N 13) and Saswat Vihar etc.
While road excavation was done to release rain water at Shanti Nagar (WN. 33), Excavation was also done at Palasuni area (WN.18), Gourishankar English Medium School (WN.59), Pragati Vihar (WN. 6), Jagamohan Nagar area. People broke the walls of Mason Apartment complex to let rainwater out. Water logging was also seen at Indradhanu Market Complex in Ward No. 27. The side wall over Drainage Channel No. 5 breached near Laxmisagar causing water logging in nearby areas.
Other actions taken included: Fire brigade arrived and pumped out the water near Mayfair area (Ghanashyam Appartment), drain water discharged successfully through newly culvert at Mayfare, Near Gouri Garden drainage syphon front cleaning was done using JCB machine, pumping was done at Gouri Garden in (WN.60), dewatering was done at Sriram Nagar Lane 10, Fire Services pump was deployed along Baramunda main road near Plot No. 1401 in Ward No 50.


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