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Noida Authority says cleaning of main irrigation drain 98% complete

Posted: May 15, 2018     By Avishek Dubey

The Noida Authority on Tuesday claimed that cleaning work of city’s main irrigation drain is 98 per cent complete. The residents were demanding cleaning of main irrigation drain for a long time.

The matter was in the reckoning since the choking of 17-km long main irrigation drain caused severe water logging in July 2017. The residential areas were inundated badly during the rainy season.

RS Yadav, senior project engineer told City Spidey, “Only 2 percent of the cleaning work is remaining and it will be completed soon.”

“The only hurdle to complete cleaning of this drain is the pitching work of stone done by irrigation department near Barola area. The water flow of the drain has been stopped due to this. Once irrigation department will complete the work, we will start the remaining cleaning work,” Yadav said.

“The authority has allocated Rs 4.5 crore budget for cleaning work of city’s biggest drain,” Yadav added.

“The work was started in February this year and it was decided that cleaning work will be completed in the next 3 months,” an official of Noida Authority said.

An official said that the aim behind cleaning of irrigation drain was to ensure that it should not get choked like last year. He added that they will ensure that all sorts of waste including plastic bags and filth are cleaned properly.

Rajiva Singh, president of Noida Federation of Apartment Owners Association (NOFAA) said that for the many years the irrigation canal was in bad shape. “In the past, we had written so many letters to Noida Authority for cleaning of this drain,” Singh said.

The 17-km long drain, which originates from Kondli in Delhi and ends in Yamuna River near Sector-150 of Noida, passes through many densely populated residential Sectors of Noida.

The water flowing in the drain is highly contaminated and has been a nuisance for those whose houses are in its close proximity. The UP irrigation department has failed to keep it clean as it is full of non-degradable waste, polythene bags and sludge that choke the flow of wastewater.

In July 2017, a four-to-five-hour downpour had thrown life out of gear as the irrigation drain was choked with silt, plastic and other waste. Water had then entered into many houses and traffic crawled for four to five hours on all major roads.

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