Streets of Kathmandu to be free from monsoon flooding problem

- SAMIK KHAREL, Kathmandu

Jun 12, 2014-

The traffic in Kathmandu will not have to wade through water-logged streets during this year’s monsoon as new and efficient drainage system have been installed in most of the major roads in the city, authorities claim.

The authorities said the streets of the Capital used to get flooded following heavy showers during the rainy season owing to incomplete and badly-connected drainage system installed after the road expansion drive in the Valley.      

“We are confident that the streets of Kathmandu will not have to face inundation problems like in the previous years. During the monsoons, water-logging is not a huge problem in itself. But the main challenge is how to quickly drain the water collected in the streets after a heavy rain,” said Gopal Khadka, Chief at the Kathmandu Division of the Department of Roads (DoR).

He informed that most of the major streets in Kathmandu were equipped with new drainage system during the two-year long road expansion drive in the city.

“After installing new drainage system, we have managed to solve water logging in the streets of Kupondole and Jamal which are prone to such problems. Now we are focusing out attention to solve water logging in Putalisadak area,”said Khadka, adding that DoR plans to drain the water overflowing in some of the streets into the Bagmati river.

He, however, said that although the plan is good, it has been opposed by others as it is not a long-term solution.  

“Even if we drain the water into Bagmati river, the tunnel drain constructed on one side of the Bagmati has less capacity than our pipes. It cannot withstand the force of our outlets and hence is likely to overflow too,” Khadka said.

Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC) has prepared plans for, as what it calls, “standby action”, considering the possibility of blocked drainage in the roads that falls under its jurisdiction.

“KMC has repaired its jet pumps which shall come handy in draining the rain water from the inundated streets. In worst case scenarios, we may request Kathmandu Upatyaka Khanepani Limited to lend their pumps to drain the water from the streets,” said Sanjay Raj Upadhyay, Chief of the Road Department at the KMC.

As most of the roads in Kathmandu now boast new drainage system, our duty is to ensure side drains are clean and free from blockage,” said Upadhyay, adding that blocked side drains cause water to overflow onto the streets and create major water logging problem in the city.

KMC plans to call all concerned sides to extend support to resolve the water drainage problem faced by Kathmandu ahead of Saarc meet.  to the Saarc summit.

Published: 13-06-2014 10:08

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