Valpoi: The heavy rain that lashed Valpoi on Sunday has exposed the shoddy pre-monsoon work of the Valpoi Municipal Council (VMC).
Citizens have blamed the municipal administration for carrying out shoddy pre monsoon work of storm water drains, resulting in inundation of areas near State Bank of India and arterial roads of the town.
Residents voiced their concern that waterlogged roads lead to flooding and traffic jams. They claim that work of desilting storm water drains was not appropriately monitored. “Since 2015, they have not opened the cover slab of the storm drains passing in front of my house. I have observed that all the drains were cleaned in the pre-monsoon work except the one in front of my house” said Sunny Kanekar who alleged the authority’s lack of planning in designing storm drains and constructing roads.
According to the affected residents, VMC must learn to follow the deadline set for completion of storm water drain related works. “We have experienced that deadlines were never met by the civic body. There should be some monitoring committee led by ward councillor to look after the corrective measures and work undertaken to avoid such inconvenience”. Another resident said that due to flooding, sludge has entered in front of his house.
Interestingly, VMC like every year will incur expenditure of around Rs 1.80 lakh to carry out pre-monsoon work in all 10 wards, but this year officials claimed that due to the model code of conduct they got less time to finish the work.
Meanwhile, VMC chairperson Akhtar Shah who was informed about the hardship faced by residents said that on priority he will direct workers on Monday to clean the sludge and the chocked storm drain in the affected area.
Meanwhile, heavy rain was witnessed in other parts of Sattari and at many places trees were uprooted snapping electrical lines and causing inconvenience to motorists.