Tuesday, February 8, 2011


Broken drain haunts Nagrathpet tenants
With borewells polluted, they are forced to fall back on costly packaged water
Atul Chaturvedi atul.chaturvedi2@timesgroup.com

The tenants of a large commercial building in the Nagrathpet area of the city are facing a nasty problem since the last 20 days. Borewells in the area have been contaminated by a broken drainage system, and they have no choice but to fall back on packaged water.
Mahaveer Jain and Sunil Jain, owners of a garment shop located in Lal Building, are among the sufferers. Sunil said, “We used to order 20 cans of purified water for drinking purposes, but we now have to use it for our ablutions too. I have 12 employees in my shop. But with contaminated water coming out of the tap, I have to order 10 to 15 cans for their use too. Each can costs Rs 30, but we cannot compromise on our employees’ health.”
Mahaveer said, “We have informed our corporator and BWSSB but no one has responded. Our business is suffering as there is a stink from the overflowing sewage.” Around 400 businessmen in Lal Building face the same situation, and have to buy packaged water or bring it from their homes. Sajjanraj Mehta, former president of Karnataka Hosiery and Garment Association, said, “Everyday I bring four litres of water from home for my employees. After that gets over, one of my employees goes back to bring more water.”
SG Shivram, BWSSB assistant engineer, said the problem was not with the sanitary line but with a broken storm water drain. “It is the duty of BBMP to repair broken drains. Some illegal sanitary lines open into the drain and are the cause of the problem. BWSSB’s sanitary line is 12 feet deep and in good condition,” he said.

Around 400 traders in Nagrathpet are forced to buy packaged water since a broken drainage system has contaminated the drinking water facility

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