Bathinda roads inundated, parties spar over drainage

District sees 34 mm rain on Thursday

Bathinda, July 22

Rain yet again exposed the ill-preparedness of the Municipal Corporation (MC), Bathinda, on Thursday as many parts of the city, including markets and posh localities, remained waterlogged throughout the day.

Former SAD MLA Sarup Chand Singla shared a video on a social media platform wherein he is wading through knee-deep water in the market areas of the city.

He criticised the “lack” of preparedness of the MC and attacked Finance Minister Manpreet Badal, saying every year, crores of rupees were earmarked in the name of providing better sewerage and drainage system but the ground reality told a different tale altogether.

Apart from many market and residential areas, posh localities such as Civil Lines, Model Town, Mall Road and Powerhouse Road were waterlogged for hours. As per the meteorology department, Bathinda witnessed 34 mm rain on Thursday. In Parasram Nagar, water overflowed from roads and entered houses in the area. Ram Singh Virk, former Youth Congress president, said, “It seems Singla has forgotten when rainwater used to take more than 10 days to get drained out from city roads during the Akali government. The Finance Minister has carried out developmental works in the city and now, rainwater is getting drained in a matter of few hours.” — TNS

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