Except rainwater, everything flows into the city’s drains. Most drain openings have been choked with plastic bags and garbage, rendering the flow of rainwater difficult. This caused massive waterlogging across the city and traffic snarls after Tuesday’s rainfall.
Sources said that though the drains had been cleaned, many wire meshes of their bell-mouths (openings) were missing. Due this, plastic bags found their way into these drains.
Also at many places, the civic authorities have closed the drains’ openings while constructing footpaths. And since most drains are not maintained properly, they are unable to handle the rains.
Worse, residents have encroached upon the drain area and closed the mouths of the drain at many places. Areas such as Pusa Road, Karol Bagh, Greater Kailash I, Janakpuri, Malviya Nagar, Rani Bagh, Rajouri Garden among others suffered waterlogging due to this reason.
“We have called up a meeting to discuss this issue. We have already ordered the removal of debris and plastic bags choking the drains,” said a senior official from the Public Works Department (PWD).
As usual, the civic bodies are busy blaming each other for the waterlogging. But if they fail to clean the bell-mouths in the next few days, the next soon-to-come shower will result in similar problems.
“Most complaints we received were about PWD roads. For the unclogging of roads with us, we have told the sanitation staff to keep the bell-mouths clean," said Yogender Chandolia, chairman of north corporation's standing committee.
The civic agency had received 64 complaints of waterlogging on Tuesday and six on Wednesday.