Meerutís urban dreams die in its half-done drains

Dec 20 2012, 00:57 IST
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SummaryThe irony was not lost on anyone when Meerut, part of the ancient Harappan settlement renowned for its sophisticated drainage systems, was promised a decent sewerage system under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewable Mission as late as 2005.

capability to undertake a mission of such a scale.

ďThe entire city was dug up by private contractors hired by the Jal Nigam. They started working without any plan and as a result, there was traffic chaos. The quality of work is also very shoddy,Ē said Aggarwal, who raised the issue in Lok Sabha recently demanding a CBI probe into the irregularities in implementation of JNNURM. One can only hope the second phase of the ambitious urban renewal programme will learn from the mistakes of the first.

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