At the receiving end for long for the poor state of roads in the during the monsoon season, Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has now resolved to curb the menace by capturing the roads post-showers on camera. The Municipal Commissioner has directed all the 14 ward offices to first capture the potholes and the waterlogging spots on camera immediately after the first showers in a bid to identify the problem areas and the extent of the problems before taking up corrective measures.

Even after spending crores of rupee on the relaying and upgrading the city's sewer lines under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM), civic body can hardly heave a sigh of relief that they have given the city dwellers respite from waterlogged streets during the monsoons. Thanks to the century old sewer lines and age-old pumps at various pumping stations. Moreover, engineers are also skeptic about the fate of these pumps once de-silting and sewerage-relaying projects under the JNNURM are completed.

To tie up with traffic department, railways and cellphone companies to keep citizens informed This monsoon, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation will rope in a brand new slew of initiatives to cause minimum inconvenience to citizens during emergencies or major floods. While civic officials seeking to monitor water-logging will soon approach the Traffic Police to set up a mechanism to obtain video feeds from 64 important traffic junctions that the traffic department's CCTVs monitor for traffic offences, real-time weather updates will also be uploaded on the BMC's all-new portal.

No respite from water logging in Dhaka soon: WASA officials Abdul Kader Dhaka, like the previous years, is likely experience water logging this monsoon despite reclamation of a number of canals during the past few years, some officials of the Dhaka Water Supply and Sewerage Authority said. Although more 1,000 unauthorised structures were demolished since the beginning of the canal reclamation drive in 2005, the Dhaka WASA has no capacity to drain out water of heavy rainfall for several hours, they said referring to the poor drainage system of the water agency.

Sir, At a recent seminar in Guwahati, the drainage problem of the city was discussed. It was revealed that when Lachit Nagar, Nabin Nagar etc., areas were under flood waters, there was hardly any water at Bharalu Pump House. It is due to obstruction of water flow due to encroachments, garbage dumping and service lines in the river Bahini/Bharalu. If these rivers are restored to their original width, and excavated to give proper gradient to the river beds and obstructions removed, water will flow and can be pumped out to the Brahmaputra at Bharalu Pump House. Water-logging in Zoo Road area, Nabin Nagar, Lachit Nagar and for that matter the entire catchment area of the rivers will be removed to a great extent. It is heartening to learn that the Water Resource Department is engaged in the job through machineries for increasing the flow of water in Bahini/Bharalu. Widening of the rivers to their original size, concrete lining the sides of the river and the bed, which will increase the flow by four times, grading the river in proper slope to the Bharalu Pumping Station, ban on hill cuttings for prevention of silting of the drains/river are must. This will relieve thousands of citizens from the chronic water-logging problem. The attention of the authorities, particularly that of young, dynamic and capable minister responsible for Guwahati development, health etc. is solicited. It is necessary that clearing of the river by machineries should be a continuous feature. It is also felt that management of the water-logging problem of the city should be brought under one agency for better accountability.

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