Overflowing drains, water disaster issues for five wards

RANCHI: Overflowing drains, drinking water crisis, potholes and low hanging overhead electric wires are some of the most common issues in various wards of ().
These problems faced by residents of wards 1 to 5 came to fore when TOI did a reality check ahead of the RMC elections scheduled for April 16 in 53 wards.

All the five wards cover VIP colonies like Kanke Road, Morhabadi and Bariatu and at the same time houses a number of slum areas. While the VIP areas are spick and span, the slum areas face the most trouble.

In Edalhatu area of ward number 1, sewerage and drainage are a major concern. , a resident said, “At any given time, one drain in the ward is always blocked and the water overflowed on the roads. This often leads to accidents as it becomes difficult to figure out the potholes on the road.”

Similarly in Hatma Basti of ward number 2, an entire stretch on the road is waterlogged for over three months now. “We have complained about it several times and RMC officials did come a month ago and took photographs but nothing happened since then,” said Sarita Devi, a resident.

Ravindra Kumar, who runs a local tailor shop, said, “The waterlogged street has emanated a constant foul smell and mosquitoes are breeding in the area. As a result, people falling sick here have become rampant.”

Drinking water crisis is another major problem in almost all the five wards. In of ward 5, people have not got corporation water for many years despite having water connections.

“It has been over 10 years now since we got supply water. Earlier, we get water tax bill but after we protested around a year ago, the bill has stopped coming,” said , a resident.

She added, “After protesting much, we were able to get one hand pump installed near our house by RMC which is the only source of water now.”

In ward 2, residents of Hatma have put up a notice on the wall prohibiting deep boring despite having water problems. Amar Minj, a local said, “Very few get supply water lines here and not a single hand pump. The ground water level is also very low and getting water in summer becomes really difficult.”

Roads filled with potholes and construction material lying all around the road is a major concern in ward number 3.

Prince Kumar, a local resident said, “The roads are broken at many places across the ward making it really difficult to ride a two-wheeler here.”

Meanwhile, in ward number 4, poor drainage system and overhead electricity wires are a major concern.

Gautam, a resident of ward number 4, said, “Overheard electricity wires are dangling very dangerous in this area. ‘

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