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South civic body to buy new machines to clear drains

Racing against time to clean the drains before the monsoon reaches Delhi, the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) has decided to buy de-silting machines, costing several crores of rupees.

delhi Updated: Jun 18, 2012 00:29 IST

Racing against time to clean the drains before the monsoon reaches Delhi, the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) has decided to buy de-silting machines, costing several crores of rupees.

Post trifurcation, the de-silting work has taken a hit in south Delhi due to non-availability of de-silting machines.

"In a meeting on Friday, attended by the Mayor, leader of the house, chairman standing committee, commissioner and chief engineer, it was decided that three jetting and suction machines would be provided in all fours zones and the corporation would also acquire two super sucker machines," said a senior SDMC official.

According to the political wing of SDMC, around 70 per cent of its drains have been de-silted. But the situation on the ground punches holes in the claims by the political leaders.

"Hardly 40-50 per cent drains have been properly de-silted so far, as we don't have necessary equipments. The decision to buy these machines should have been taken in May as everybody knew about the shortage of equipment. They knew that it would be impossible for the corporation to clean all drains manually," said a sanitary department employee.

The unified Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) had 13 jetting and suction machines to clear the silt. After the trifurcation, the NDMC and SDMC were given five machines each while the East Delhi Municipal Corporation was given the remaining three.

"We have five jetting and suction machines and seven more would be procured. Two super sucker machines would also be bought at a cost of R4 crore," the officer said. The SDMC officials say that de-silting work will gather pace as soon as machines arrive. "Technical bids would be floated soon and the tender will be called to purchase the machines. We will try to expedite the procedure as hardly 15 days are left for the Monsoon to arrive, at least officially," he added.

The de-silting of drains is on in full swing as it is a major cause of waterlogging in several areas of the city which in turn trigger traffic jams every monsoon.