KRISHNA NAGAR ON THE VERGE OF BECOMING LALITA PARK
With painful memories of the horrendous building collapse incident at Lalita Park still fresh in the minds of the residents, there are chances that same can happen in Krishna Nagar as well.
Due to huge water logging in this area, risk of weakening of base of buildings is quite high here. Above all, authorities are negligent towards this area where more than two lakh people reside. According to many residents, water has entered the ground floor of their houses and is ruining their walls and pillars. "Krishna Nagar is a posh colony, but in monsoons, it becomes a terrible place to live in. Water floods the roads and we are forced to wade through the knee-deep water. We have brought this issue in front of the local authorities and the engineers of the MCD many a time. We want the authorities to act urgently so that the situation in the area eases," said BS Vohra, president, East Delhi RWA Joint Front.
Besides this, chances of outbreak of many dreadful diseases are also high which can worsen the situation. The frequent traffic jams in the area have added to the problem. "Shoppers in large number throng Krishna Nagar market from all across the city. The knee-deep water here results in long frequent traffic jams which trouble everyone. Moreover, the roads have also got worn out resulting in a loss of huge amount of money spent on these roads," said Rashmi Kataria, a resident of Krishna Nagar.
An MCD engineer on the condition of anonymity revealed that the poor drainage system here has led to this situation. The water is drained out through only one pump house which is at E block.
Many people are scared that Lalitha Park like incident can happen here due to the water logging.
what authorities say
We have taken a lot of measures to ease the situation and the residents are quite satisfied with our efforts. But still, there are some problems which will be solved soon.
— Dr Harshvardhan,
MLA, Krishna Nagar
The treatment work is going on. There are nallahs being dug for the drainage system. Once the nallah construction work is done, 90% of the work will be done and things will get fine as drainage system will improve. It will take a month's time.
— Dr VK Monga,
Chairman, MCD's public health committee
A total of 26 cases of malaria have been reported from East Delhi in July and with water logging in many areas like Krishna Nagar, the toll may rise further.
— Dr Ajay Lekhi,
President, IMA, East Delhi branch
Since Krishna Nagar is a low lying area, nothing can be done for the improvement of the drainage system. As such, there is no proposal from the higher authorities to solve the drainage problem.
— S D Tomar,
executive engineer, MCD (maintenance)
We have brought this issue in front of the local authorities and the engineers of the MCD many a time. We want the authorities to act urgently so that the situation in the area eases.
— BS Vohra,
President, East Delhi RWA Joint Front