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AMC implements pre-monsoon plan Thursday, May 31, 2001
Ahmedabad, May 30
The AMC has started pre-monsoon exercise in all the city zones by clearing storm-water and drainage lines. The AMC is already struggling with disposal of quake debris and this is likely to hinder disposal of rain and storm water. The problem is further compounded by the fact that the entire city has been dug up for laying the optical fibre lines.
The tunnels that were dug for the purpose have been filled but the sand has not yet settled in. When asked about the problem emerging from digging up done for the laying optical fibre lines, deputy municipal commissioner of the West Zone Pinakin Dixit said he had taken a round of the city along with his team and noticed depressions only in the place where digging had taken place.
Mr Z.A. Saacha, in-charge of the Central Zone, said thorough review of the zone and check up of choked lines has been done. Desilting has been carried out at 12 places and care has been taken to ensure effective disposal of rainwater, he added.
“I have decided to have one tractor per ward to clear the debris and the garbage so that drains are not blocked. Moreover, instructions have been given to the department to use the sand heaps on the road for the AMC purpose even if it is privately owned,” added Mr Saacha.
As a precautionary measure, three unsafe constructions in the Central Zone would be demolished, Mr Saacha said. In the North Zone, 10 pumps have been fitted to draw out water that overflows from the Kharicut canal.
The height of the Kharicut canal has been raised this year to prevent crisis cropping up due to overflow of water during monsoons. Deputy municipal commissioner of the zone Utpal Padia said these measures are in addition to desilting exercise.
News Source : The AsianAge Ahmedabad Edition [ The coolest Newspaper for city ]