Delayed govt efforts bring little relief from waterlogging

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Jul 13, 2015 01:03 IST
A man on wheelchair takes shelter at a bus stand as rain continued on Sunday morning at Udyog Bhawan. (Vipin Kumar/HT Photo)

The Delhi government and the civic agencies might have sprung into action after Saturday’s heavy downpour, but the efforts brought little relief for the city.

Delhi continued to reel under the inefficient work by several departments concerned on Sunday with more than 100 points across the city remaining waterlogged.

Places which witnessed heavy waterlogging on Sunday included Begumpur, Kanjhawla, Bawana, Nangloi, Jama Masjid, Lahori Gate, East Patel Nagar Anand Parbat, Punjabi Bagh, Mori Gate, Azadpur, Pitampura, Rohini, Prashant Vihar, Nawada, Kakrola, Sangam Vihar, Okhla, Bindapur, Lajpat Nagar, Vikaspuri, Dwarka, Delhi Cantt and Janakpuri.

The Capital had witnessed the heaviest rainfall in July in its history on Saturday, which caught both the government
and civic agencies off guard.

Senior officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said that shortage of equipment and manpower clubbed with inter-agency communication gap was responsible for the current situation. “A large number of big drains choked leading to waterlogging across areas. The heavy flood of complaints resulted in equipment shortage too,” said an official.

The continuous problem, however, forced senior leaders and officials to call emergency meetings and conduct random checks to ensure immediate redressal of the problem. North Delhi mayor Ravinder Gupta and municipal commissioner PK Gupta too conducted checks of flooded spots.

The Delhi government had also ordered the district magistrates and other senior officials to take immediate actions to ensure immediate relief for residents of the water-ridden roads on Saturday.

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