Most Delhiites may have enjoyed the heavy rain on Friday, but commuters found it a harrowing affair with waterlogged streets leading to traffic jams in many parts of the city.
When complaints of water-logging began pouring in, civic agencies accepted little responsibility and instead blamed others.The helpline of the three municipal corporations received five complaints of water-logging on Friday. Five trees were uprooted, the corporations were told. In several parts of the city, water accumulated around manholes.
Traffic jams stretched from Moolchand to Defence Colony, Shanker Road to Ganga Ram Hospital, Sarai Rohilla to Anand Parvat and Bikaji Cama Place to Safdarjung Enclave. Traffic at ITO, Delhi Gate and Connaught Place also stood still.
The three municipal corporations received complaints of water-logging from areas such as Rohini, Mangolpuri and Uttam Nagar. The corporations, while claiming to have cleared drains in their colonies, said major roads in their areas were now the responsibilites of the public works department and they were only left with some colony roads.
“We have cleaned the drains in all the colonies. But since the PWD has not cleaned theirs, the water from colonies does not find an outlet and accumulates inside the colonies,” said Savita Gupta, mayor of the South Delhi Municipal Corporation.
Officials of the corporation said they had achieved more than their target while desilting roads.
The PWD, on the other hand, blamed the water-logging on the outdated drainage system. “The drainage system of the city is old and cannot handle heavy rain,” said PWD minister Raj Kumar Chauhan.