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Rains wash away Delhi's 'world-class' claim, buck-passing on

Notwithstanding Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit's claim of making Delhi a world-class city, 90 minutes of rain can cause havoc on the roads even as agencies concerned keep passing the buck for the mess.

delhi Updated: Jul 18, 2010 09:59 IST

Notwithstanding Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit's claim of making Delhi a world-class city, 90 minutes of rain can cause havoc on the roads even as agencies concerned keep passing the buck for the mess.

Heavy rains this week exposed the vulnerabilities of Delhi in the form of widespread waterlogging and traffic jams, virtually bringing to halt the capital which is bracing to host the Commonwealth Games in just over two months.

Despite waterlogging being a repeated feature in Delhi every monsoon season, various civic agencies and authorities are yet to act effectively to tackle it and are mostly seen passing the buck to each other.

Delhi's Congress government says it is the responsibility of BJP-controlled municipal corporation and its lack of preparation that is causing waterlogging and other related problems.

"It is the responsibility of the MCD to ensure proper drainage across the city but they never do their job properly," said PWD Minister Raj Kumar Chauhan.

Dikshit, who had been at the helm of affairs in Delhi for the last 12 years, also sought to put the onus on MCD and said she had instructed the agencies concerned to improve the drainage system.

The CM has been repeatedly saying that she intends to make Delhi a world-class city.

The civic agency, in turn, tried to put the blame for waterlogging on agencies like the Public Works Department, saying the drains under its jurisdiction were not cleaned as a result of which the mess occurred.

Dikshit said water-logging took place at several areas this year as construction waste blocked the drains.

When asked for his comment on the issue, Mayor Prithvi Raj Sawhney said, "Many roads which witnessed waterlogging belonged to PWD. While the MCD has completed all de-silting work, the PWD failed to de-silt some drains under it. We have repeatedly attracted the attention of Chauhan to the issue."

He said the MCD will also take remedial measures wherever needed.