The Agra Municipal Corporation (AMC) has launched a citywide nullah (drain) cleaning campaign. According to civic body officials, there are 446 small and large drains in the city. All these are supposed to be cleaned by June 10. Mayor Naveen Jain has ordered that all the temporary and permanent encroachments over the drains should be razed.
Majority of the city's drains are in a poor condition. They frequently get choked and cause inconvenience to the residents. During the monsoon season, the blockages in major nullahs cause waterlogging.
Additional municipal commissioner Vijay Kumar said, “The nullah cleaning work has started. All the drains in the city's 100 wards will be cleaned by June 10. Sanitation inspectors have been directed to ensure all the encroachments over nullahs are removed."
To ensure proper cleaning of nullahs and transparency in work done, Mayor Naveen Jain has ordered for photography of the work done on a daily basis. Besides, officials have been directed to physically inspect the cleaning work.
There are 21 major nullahs in Agra. Besides, there are over 400 small drainages which flow through the city's 90 municipal wards. These all discharge into Yamuna. Nullaha Mantola, Mahavir, Sundarpada, Rajshri, Khateekpada, Gadhi Bhadauria, Khatena, Kheria Modh, Shahi Canal, Ahmed Bukhari, Taj Mahal western gate, Kolihahi, Kazipada, Chunapchan, TVDC, Kanskhar, Sadarban, Ashok Nagar, Rajnagar, Kothi and Meena Bazaar are the city's main drains.