Tribune News Service
Bathinda, July 19
Following heavy rains in the city during the past few days, water has entered the women and NRI police stations.
The women police station had dowry items kept at its premises, relating to cases lying in the open in police station. All rooms of the NRI police station have been filled with muck.
The two-day heavy rain that lashed the city has caused much damage to the dowry material that is lying in the open at the women police station. The dowry material has been kept in the open as there is only one small godown and that is not enough to store the material.
Sometimes, the police recover the dowry material given to the girl by her parents that remains in the police custody till the case is solved. The police officials said the dowry material related to five to seven cases usually keeps lying at the police station.
The NRI police station which covers three districts, Bathinda, Mansa and Muktsar, also got submerged in rain water as it is located in a low-lying building. The water entered the rooms of the police station and officials deployed there had a tough time saving their belongings. Police officials were seen wading through knee-deep water, trying to save furniture and other items kept in the police station.
This situation clearly reflects the poor levels of preparedness of the MC and district administration, despite the India Meteorological Department (IMD) issuing a warning on active monsoon.
Residents said they bear the brunt of the MC’s ill-preparedness everytime it rains in the city as within no time city roads get waterlogged.
Residents believe that they will have to face and live by the apathy of the civic body as it keeps making tall claims, but one shower is enough to expose them.
The rains also impacted the residents as water entered the houses and shops in the city, causing to huge damage to household and office items.