Dehradun, August 16
The city known for a natural drainage system that gets choked within 10 minutes of rain is awaiting funds for the implementation the storm water drainage system by the Peyjal Nigam.
Poor management of drains that remain empty while water glides down the roads meant for walking has been a bane of Doon. “We have already presented a storm water drainage plan for Dehradun at the cost of Rs 511.75 crore and are awaiting sanction from the government. If drains are build and not routinely cleaned by the civic agencies, the problem would crop up again,” said SC Pant, Uttarakhand Peyjal Nigam (Dehradun division).
The phase one comprises of improvement of six nullahs of Manuganj, Chorkhala, Govindgarh, Bhandaribagh, Asian School and Race Course nullah at the cost of Rs 66.55 crore.
Once the storm drainage system, proposal is implemented in the city, the waterlogging areas earmarked in the DPR, comprising Sabzi Mandi in Majra, ISBT, Turner Road, Rajeev Nagar, some part of Prince Chowk, Darshanlal Chowk, Clock Tower, Ekta Vihar, Rajpur Road and Engineer Enclave are expected to get relief.
Officials of the Peyjal Nigam said if the state government fails to sanction funds, they would have to look for the second phase of the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) to overcome the paucity of funds. — TNS

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