DC sets up four-member panel to check the drainage system on highways


Jalandhar, August 18
In a farsighted move to ensure proper discharge of the rainwater from one side to the other under flyovers being constructed by the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI), Deputy Commissioner Vishesh Sarangal constituted a four-member panel headed by an SDM which will submit a comprehensive report within next 15-days to improve the drainage system around all the highways in the district.

The committee included an SDM along with the NHAI Project director, the NHAI Executive Engineer, and the Sub-Divisional Officer of the Drainage Department.

The action has come after the Deputy Commissioner noticed the flooding of highways and roads especially in flood-hit areas of the district.

Sarangal said that NHAI had been carrying out huge construction work on flyovers in the district under various projects. He said that these projects must have a proper drainage system and ensure the flyovers do not act as a barrier preventing the drainage of rainwater.

He said that this committee would conduct a field survey of the under-construction highway projects and submit a report within a fortnight.

He said that the committee would give a detailed report on shortcomings in the designs if any, so that the action can be taken accordingly to ensure adequate passage for the discharge of rainwater from one side to the other.

The Committee has also been asked to hold consultations with all stakeholders including farmers, villagers and others during the visit.

The Deputy Commissioner said that later, the report would also be sent to the state government and NHAI to incorporate remedial measures to remove the bottlenecks in the drainage system so that water logging does not occur in the future due to projects.

He also added that adequate steps will also be taken for proper drainage on service roads.


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