Bhubaneswar: In view of public security in the course of the Monsoon 2022, the Housing and City Growth Division of the Odisha Authorities on Tuesday directed the authorities of all city areas within the state to conduct discipline verification to make sure accident-free roads and coated drains.

Principal Secretary of the H&UD Division, G. Mathi Vathanan, in a letter to the Commissioners of Municipal Companies and Govt Officers of all Municipalities and NACs, acknowledged that directions have been issued again and again to take up desilting of the drains commonly by the respective Highway & Drain businesses to make sure free circulate of stormwater in the course of the wet season.

“It was made clear to all involved that each one the drains underneath the jurisdiction of your City Native Physique excepting the foremost open drains ought to have been coated with slabs and the susceptible factors ought to have been coated with internet with a warning written prominently on the mentioned factors to warning the folks in regards to the hazard,” he added.

It is usually vital to interchange/restore the drain covers or inspection chambers on the roads /drains correctly to keep away from accidents. It’s seen that in or after desilting or upkeep work, the openings will not be coated correctly resulting in accidents when the place is flooded throughout heavy rains. There have been incidences of accidents with a number of fatalities up to now evoking a robust public response, inflicting hostile media reviews and in addition bringing a foul title for the Authorities. Additionally they lead to instances within the Human Rights Fee and Courts.

Now that the monsoon has already hit the state, it’s time for the administration to get into the enforcement mode to make sure that directions issued on this regard are totally complied with by the respective businesses/ officers. It’s seen that a number of businesses equivalent to ULBs, Works Division, Water assets division, IDCO, NHAI, and so forth., have their roads and drains and are liable for complying with the above directions to make sure that their roads and drains don’t develop into demise traps throughout city flooding within the monsoon occasions. Therefore it’s the duty of the ULB with the elected Mayor/ Chairperson on the helm of affairs to implement the directions of the Authorities issued within the public curiosity.

You’re due to this fact requested to concern directions to all of the subordinate businesses/officers accountable for upkeep of the roads and drains to get the roads and drains as soon as once more verified by means of discipline inspection and thereafter to take up periodical inspection on common foundation and furnish certificates to the impact that “all of the roads & drains underneath their respective jurisdiction and administrative management have been bodily inspected and it’s hereby licensed that each one the openings and inspection chambers are correctly closed and all unsafe spots are correctly guarded and security signal boards are erected and there’s no extra unsafe spots endangering public security”, reads the letter.

“Such certificates could also be obtained from all the sector officers countersigned by their supervising officers from all of the related businesses/departments they usually could also be shared with the ward committee that are headed by the respective corporators/councillors with ward officer and different members together with Mission Sakthi teams/federations from the respective ward areas for cross verification from the sector and corrective observe up actions by the ULBs to make sure that public roads and drains stay secure all the time,” it added.

“To make sure well timed intervention on this matter, it’s determined that the certificates from all of the businesses/division officers could also be obtained earlier than thirtieth June 2022, and the compiled certificates pertaining to the wards are despatched to the ward committees earlier than 1st July 2022. Compliance to this instruction of the Division shall be despatched by tenth July 2022 with out fail,” the letter additional learn.


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