Incessant rainfall leaves Kochi's P&T colony waterlogged

Amritha AU

P&T colony

Kochi: The incessant downpour on Saturday night has doomed many parts of Kochi. Among the most affected areas are the P&T colony, Udaya colony and Kammattipadam. Waterlogging in the regions has left the residents in the lurch. Especially in the P&T colony, almost all houses are inundated.
Lakshmi, a resident of the P&T colony shared the miserable condition that they are undergoing for a long time.

"Since 60 years our lives are affected by the waterlogging. Today, water entered into all houses. We have packed all our things and kept them on one side of the cot. We are sitting on the other side of it. During all rains and waterlogging, this is our plight. We were informed that someone will deliver food for us during the afternoon. Officials including the district collector have visited the place before. They say houses are being constructed to rehabilitate us and the houses will be ready soon. However, we don’t know when it will happen. They are of opinion that as we have waited for long, we need to be patient for some more time. So we don’t know how long we have to wait,” she said.

Notably, when Hibi Eden was MLA, he raised the issue faced by the residents in the region like the P&T colony in the Kerala assembly. A proposal for building flats for them in the land near Santhom Colony owned by GCDA was formulated. In 2018, CM Pinarayi Vijayan laid the stone for the project and said the flat construction will be completed within 10 months. However, the people who are affected by the water-logging are waiting for the authority to fulfil the promise. Still, they are not free from their miseries.

Meanwhile, the regions like the P&T colony and Udaya colony are areas that will get inundated with just one rainfall. In the last floods, the residents here faced many miseries. Even slight rainfalls are enough to put them on toes. Notably, it is in front of this P&T colony, the Kochi Municipal Corporation is dumping the garbage. During rains, scum from the dump yard flows into the houses. Despite the multiple protests from the residents, authorities have not taken any proactive actions.

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