To ensure unclean drains do not cause waterlogging this monsoon, the Delhi government has decided to make senior engineers of the civic departments concerned accountable.
The urban development department of the Delhi government has sought the list of engineers in-charge from the three municipal corporations, New Delhi Municipal Council, public works department and irrigation and flood control department. These agencies are responsible for cleaning and maintenance of various drains in the Capital.
"We will submit the list to the Delhi high court too. The court is hearing a public interest litigation related to traffic jams during monsoon. This will ensure that the engineers could be held directly responsible for any lapse in the cleaning of the drains, resulting in traffic jams," said a senior UD department official.
Each year, despite claims by the civic agencies that they have desilted all the drains ahead of monsoon, waterlogging triggers traffic snarls whenever it rains in the Capital.
"We carried out a survey with the help of traffic police and identified 157 spots vulnerable to traffic jams. We asked the civic agencies to take both short-term as well as long-term measures to ensure that traffic is not affected at these locations this year. Majority of drains have been cleaned. The agencies have promised us that the remaining work would be completed by June 15," said urban development secretary RK Srivastava.
Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit also directed the agencies concerned on Wednesday to ensure that a flood-like situation does not occur in the city during monsoon. Dikshit told the agencies to gear up to deal with flood in low-lying areas along the Yamuna.
The CM also ordered setting up of a high-level committee to chalk out a plan for dealing with the problem of congestion in the drainage system.
She also asked the irrigation and flood control department to keep relief material, boats, life jackets, communication systems, food articles and drinking water ready so that necessary help can be provided to the affected people.
The flood control department has also been told to keep in touch with Haryana to know about release of excess water into the Yamuna.