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Get ready to swim this monsoon

Is Delhi ready to face the monsoon? No one has the answer. Not even the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD).

delhi Updated: May 21, 2009 22:58 IST
HT Correspondent

Is Delhi ready to face the monsoon?

No one has the answer.

Not even the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD).

Municipal commissioner K.S. Mehra claims that 95 per cent of the city’s drains have been cleared of silt.

But on the other hand, standing committee chairman Ram Kishan Singhal says desilting work is not satisfactory.

Singhal, who carried out a surprise inspection of drains in many areas, said: “I visited areas like Hari Nagar, Krishna Nagar among others. The smaller drains in these areas are choked and work is on only in the larger drains.”

Singhal MCD officials in the areas had been told that said work was far from satisfactoy.

According to Singhal, various colonies were in an unhygienic condition sanitation staff played truant.

“Parks in most colonies are also in a very bad condition. They are just empty fields with no proper upkeep,” added Singhal.
With around Rs 20 crore having been spent on the desilting exercise d so far, Singhal had said he would personally inspect each assembly constituency every week.

The MCD, however, said most of the desilting work is over.

“ The remaining 5 per cent has to be removed from various drains and does not pertain to specific areas,” said an MCD official, who refused to be named as he is not authorised to speak to the media.

MCD has to desilt around 1,500 drains, which also includes those under the Public Works Department (PWD).

On Wednesday, the MCD claimed that while it was responsible for PWD drains, the department did not cooperate during it.

The civic agency claimed water from clogged sewer lines of the Delhi Jal Board (DJB) that enters the storm-water drains were another reason of waterlogging in the city.