Sewage water over flowing out of the manhole

Over flowing manhole leads to water stagnation on Commissariat Road

By Naqshib Nisar

Bangalore, September 14, 2017:

Commissariat Street near Garuda Mall is covered with stinking sewage and debris making it difficult for people to use the area.

The blockage in the sewer lines has caused overflowing of the manhole. Due to this several other drains around Ashok Nagar are spilling waste on the streets. Water remains stagnant, too.

“This is a problem that occurs very often, not just during the rainy season but also regularly even after the BWSSB fixed it. As our store attracts lots of customers, they have complained about the severe stench and water logging while entering our store which is quite embarrassing for us,” said Radha Krishna, an employee of Abaran Timeless Jewellery Store.

Raju Tiwari, a street food vendor who has recently moved out of the area said that his stall was a crowd puller, but due to the stagnant water, from the manhole business dropped and he had to move.

Ramesh H, the manager of Garuda Mall, said, “The overflowing manhole on the east entry of the mall and the open drain has caused inconvenience for our customers, we have filed a complaint with Bangalore Water Supply Sewerage Board (BWSSB) but it seems to take longer than expected.”

Shankar K, the Mall Engineer, said that the BWSSB did not taken any step to stop the overflowing manhole so they had to call for help themselves to fix it, as the customers complained about the stench.

BWSSB said that the sewage lines of the low lying areas like Shivajinagar and M.G Roadpass through Magrath Road and Commissariat Road line and are pumped out to Chelghatta Sewer Treatment Plant. These pipes of 450-600 mm diameter are designed only to hold sewage and not storm water said former BWSSB Assistant Executive Engineer, Raghavendra G.

He said, “Knowing the capacity of the sewage line, a year ago we made Rain Water Harvesting (RWH) mandatory for all the 20 to 25 households, offices and government buildings of this area. We have promoted this initiative via various mediums but even after a year this is not taken seriously. We then had to cancel sanctioning of water connection or impose penalty charging 25% extra on the water bill of households and 50% for offices and if RWH was not installed even then.

The government buildings and households have connected pipes of their terrace to the sewage lines. During the rains the rain water gushes through these pipes causing overload and finally leading to discharge of sewage from manholes.

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