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Posted at: Feb 13, 2018, 2:45 AM; last updated: Feb 13, 2018, 2:45 AM (IST)

Rain throws life out of gear

Rain throws life out of gear
Motorists wade through a waterlogged road in Patiala on Monday. photo: Rajesh Sachar

Tribune News Service

Patiala, February 12

People had a tough time commuting through some waterlogged roads after a couple of hours of heavy rain this morning. Office-goers were stuck in traffic jams during the rush hour.

The water level in some areas was almost knee-length. A parking lot at Chotti Baradari was brimming with rainwater, making it difficult for people to take out their vehicles from the facility. The problem was acute in low-lying areas of the city.

Residents also complained of clogged drains as water spilled out of manholes during rain. Storm-water pipelines in the city were clogged because of accumulation of non-biodegradable waste and debris.

According to the experts, drainage system of the city was designed for 25ml/hr of rainfall. More rainfall led to overflowing sewers.

The situation near the bus stand underpass and surrounding areas was pathetic due to waterlogging. The worst-affected areas were Tripuri, Model Town, Police Station Sadar, Raghu Majra and near Bank Square in Chotti Baradari.

The situation returned to normalcy in the evening.

Shagandeep Singh, a student, said, “Only a few hours of rain put commuters to great inconvenience. I hope the authorities concerned improve the drainage system before the monsoon.” 

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