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Advisor directs authorities to clear blocked drainage

By EMN Updated: Apr 20, 2022 9:00 pm
H Tovihoto Ayemi and Rajesh Soudararajan interacting with the water-logging affected residents on Wednesday.

Dimapur, April 20 (EMN): Advisor of Power department, H Tovihoto Ayemi, has directed the district administration, Dimapur Municipal Council (DMC), and the Railway authority to take immediate steps to clear up the blocked drainage which has inundated large area in Dimapur.

It may be mentioned here that the residents of Xuvihe, Chatteswari, Lower Manipuri, Upper Manipuri, West Yard and Railway Bazaar colonies in Dimapur are facing grim situation due to water logging caused by blocked drainage around Dimapur Railway Station following recent downpour. The colonies remained inundated for days together.

The major drain flowing through a culvert beneath the railway tracks near Railway Bazaar have remained clogged causing drains in colonies to overflow, stated an update from the secretary to the advisor on Wednesday.

Tovihoto, accompanied by the deputy commissioner of Dimapur, Rajesh Soundararajan, and officials from DMC sanitation branch, visited the affected areas on Wednesday to take stock of the situation.

Talking to the residents, he informed that immediate measures have been initiated to clear the drain and also announced that steps would be taken at the government level to find out a permanent solution to the persistent problem.

He has also directed the district administration and DMC to organise a free medical camp and undertake fogging as there were chances of possible outbreak of water borne diseases which could pose a threat to other areas of Dimapur. Report stated that stagnant water has started to emit foul smell.

Tovihoto has cautioned on the possibility of an outbreak of epidemic if necessary steps are not taken at the earliest.

He also discussed the matter with an official of Dimapur Railway Station and called upon the railway authority to contribute its due share to clean the blocked drainage and prioritise finding a suitable way to resolve the bottleneck stretch of the drain at Railway station area.

Meanwhile, Tovihoto also instructed the colony councils and GBs to strictly penalise those who dump garbage into the drains, which is one of the causes of blockage. He also attributed encroachment as another reason that has made the drains narrower.

It mentioned that way back in 2016, the Dimapur Municipal Council led by its then administrator, H Atokhe Aye, had cleaned the same drain with assistance from Railway authority.

By EMN Updated: Apr 20, 2022 9:00:52 pm