Rourkela, Sept 21 (LocalWire): The entire underground sewerage system of Koelnagar, one of the most well planned housing projects in the state, is crumbling.
Koelnagar was the first project in the state to have an underground sewerage system.
The system, constructed in the ‘80s by Rourkela Steel Plant is in total shambles these days.
‘The whole system was created keeping in mind nearly twenty five hundred households. But today it has gone up manifolds with multi-storeyed buildings coming up. Naturally, the system cannot withstand the pressure,’ said Kulamoni Mohanty, a retired executive of RSP, who dealt with the project.
Overflowing manholes is a common site these days and the situation, this time, has become serious after the incessant rains during the end of monsoons.
Yesterday it rained torrentially for over two hours and many manholes overflowed. Several households experienced sewerage water flowing back into their washrooms.
‘It is really uncomfortable here. During yesterday’s rain, sewerage water entered my bathroom and soiled a sizable part of my home,’ said a homemaker.
The RMC office is overflowing with complaints of clogged sewerage lines. ‘We cannot do anything because we have less manpower and the demand is very high,’ said an official here.
Executive engineer of RMC Ashok Parida said, ‘We are going to repair the manholes and also the pipelines. Besides, we will undertake a massive cleaning drive, with the help of the cesspool.’
However, when asked whether it was possible to manage the entire system with repair and cesspool, he said, ‘I am aware about it but we can do only that much. At this moment the work has been handed over to the Sewerage Board and they will do the needful.”
The executive engineer of sewerage board, Papun Tripathy said, ‘We have given the entire work to L&T.
They have been entrusted with the Rourkela East and West work. Now it is their responsibility to construct an entire new pipeline where the existing one will be defunct.’
When he was told that unless and until land is not made available to the executing company it would not start the construction he said, ‘The land is not my jurisdiction and I cannot say much about it.’
It was during the month of March that the administration tried to take possession of the proposed land near Koelnagar but stepped back as locals opposed.
The land earmarked for the project once belonged to RSP and the steel major had handed back the land to the government as it found no use of it.