MANDI BAHAUDDIN – Local people took to the streets as low-lying areas have been flooded with water as a result of heavy rain which continued for more than three hours in Mandi Bahauddin and its surrounding areas.

The sewerage system in the city failed to drain out the accumulated water. As a result, the rainwater entered into the houses of Arshadabad and Azmat Abad localities causing huge loss of property. The residents blocked Rasul Road on two points and burnt tyres as a protest against TMA authorities.

Meantime, the TMO reached the spot. Mob made him stand in the accumulated water and in addition to it washed him with dirty water. The protester complained that drainage system was choked and the drainage was never cleaned by the department. The residents face similar situation whenever it is rained, they said.

On the other side, the TMA authorities said that residents had raised unauthorised construction after encroaching land on both sides of the drainage. Therefore they were responsible for blocking the water. It may be mentioned that in addition to the drainage, two irrigation water channels i.e. Chelianwala Rajbah and Wasu Tale pass through Mandi Bahauddin. These channels almost remained filled with waste and plastic shoppers.

 Besides, residents in vicinity of these channels drain out gutter water in these channels that pollute irrigation water.

 Irrigation and TMA staffs have turned a blind eye to the serious matter.