Dikshit directs civic agencies to improve drainage, repair roads
With Delhi witnessing massive traffic jams and waterlogging following rains, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit today directed civic agencies to improve the drainage and repair roads damaged by the downpour in the city which is bracing up for the Commonwealth Games.delhi Updated: Jul 13, 2010 16:28 IST
With Delhi witnessing massive traffic jams and waterlogging following rains, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Tuesday directed civic agencies to improve the drainage and repair roads damaged by the downpour in the city which is bracing up for the Commonwealth Games.
Dikshit particularly directed the agencies involved in various road projects to clear the construction wastes and other debris immediately, holding that rubbles lying in and around project sites blocked the drains following the rains.
The road network in the national capital crawled on Monday evening following heavy rains even as water-logging and serpentine traffic jams were reported from all over city, raising question mark over the government's preparedness for the Commonwealth Games to be held in less than three months' time.
Atleast 11 people, including two woman and three children, were killed in rain-related incidents in the city on Monday.
The Chief Minister also visited various project sites on Tuesday to take stock of the situation and sternly directed officials to complete the projects ahead of the deadline of August 31.
When asked about Monday's situation and whether Delhi was prepared for the mega sporting event, the Chief Minister said the government has set August 10 as deadline for removing all the construction wastes and other garbages across the city.
"It is true that there is lot of rubble lying around. We had set August 10 as deadline for clearing the rubble," she said, adding "the rain yesterday was unprecedented."
Not satisfied with MCD's preparation for the monsoon, the government has also asked for a report from the agency on its preparations for rainy season.
At a high-level meeting last week, Dikshit had pulled up various agencies implementing Games-related projects for lack of coordination among them and set a final deadline of August 31 to complete all minor as well as major works linked to the event.