Ahead of the monsoon, the civic bodies had claimed that they would clean all Delhi drains before the onset of the rains and promised that there would be no waterlogging. The Delhi government's public works department (PWD) had even assured that it would fix responsibility if there is waterlogging and take action.
But just two days of rains in Delhi exposed the hollow claims. Rampant waterlogging across the Capital disrupted traffic flow, damaged roads, trees and buildings. Since the drains could not be completely desilted, storm water collected on the roads. At various places, the silt was left lying on the sides of drains flowed back after the rain.
According to the civic bodies' control rooms, waterlogging was reported from Shakurpur, Badli, Ashok Vihar, Jahangirpuri, Azadpur, Kashmere Gate, Narayana Vihar, Kirti Nagar, Moti Nagar, Punjabi Bagh, Garhi and Ambedkar Colony in north Delhi.
In south Delhi, Najafgarh, Mahipalpur, Palam, Dwarka, Uttam Nagar, Vasant Kunj, Jangpura Extn, Jasola Vihar, Tagore Garden, Tilak Nagar, Safdarjung Enclave, and Green Park Extn remain waterlogged. Similar complaints were received from several areas in east Delhi as well.
Ashok Bhasin, president of North Delhi Resident Welfare Associations, said: "If drains are not cleaned, waterlogging is inevitable. Leave alone colony lanes, even arterial roads are nearly flooded. And this is only the beginning of monsoon."
Trees were uprooted in many south Delhi areas such as Katwaria Sarai, RK Puram, Hauz Khas and Defence Colony. Portions of some buildings collapsed in Karawal Nagar, Shalimar Bagh, Karol Bagh and Delhi Gate. Nobody was reported injured.