In the backdrop of the recent flooding in Ahmedabad, Junagadh and other cities of Gujarat following heavy rains, the state government has decided to constitute a high-powered committee headed by the chief secretary to look into all the aspects responsible for the severe waterlogging and devise a long-term solution to the menace.
Following criticism and feedback of inconvenience and troubles that citizens are facing in monsoon due to severe waterlogging, the state cabinet meeting on Tuesday, chaired by chief minister Bhupendra Patel, had a long discussion on the issue of waterlogging, sources said.
“This is the first time that some concrete action plan is being worked out to tackle the issue of waterlogging. The government has displayed its intention of resolving the problem as it has asked the chief secretary to head the high-powered committee,” sources in the government said Wednesday.
The committee will comprise of officials from the urban development department, roads and buildings department, panchayats department, finance department and officials of urban civic bodies like municipal corporations, urban development authorities, and municipalities.
Sources said that after the government formally notifies the formation of the committee, a long-term action plan, including laying of new stormwater drainage lines, will be worked out. “The committee will focus on a long-term solution to the menace of waterlogging,” sources said. Recent spells of rain in Ahmedabad and other cities and towns has resulted in large scale water logging in several areas, with vehicles and people getting stranded in large numbers.