Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit has cautioned the three newly constituted civic agencies to coordinate with each other to avoid any conflict on issues such as jurisdiction to ensure Delhiites do not face waterlogging during monsoon.
Dikshit chaired a meeting of the apex committee for flood control on Thursday. Directing all the agencies to work in tandem, the chief minister has asked the three corporations to take care of sanitation, lifting of debris and be prepared to tackle water-borne diseases during monsoons by coordinating among themselves.
It was decided in the meeting that road-cutting would not be allowed after June 30.
In the meeting, the flood control department was asked to keep relief material, boats, life jackets, communication systems, food articles and drinking water ready so that in the event of flood, necessary help can be provided to the people at the earliest.
“Taking last year into consideration — when the entire city had witnessed massive jams due to waterlogging — the chief minister has asked the traffic police to make special arrangements to ensure traffic moves smoothly during heavy rains,” said a senior Delhi government official.
She has also directed the police to put in place a mechanism to ensure prompt repair of traffic signals that often get damaged in rains.
The meeting was attended by various department heads including Public Works Department, the three civic agencies, New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) and the flood control department. The CM told them to take all necessary measures to ensure there’s no water-logging in the city.
A Central Flood Control Room, set up in Gandhi Nagar in east Delhi, will function round-the-clock.
Delhi chief minister also held a meeting of the environment department, asking them and other agencies to be prepared to plant 10 lakh saplings in the first week of July.