The heavy rain on Saturday affected the masses and classes alike. It affected people living in the middle and lower-middle class colonies as much as it did the VIPs — ministers, judges and bureaucrats.
Civic bodies registered waterlogging complaints from both areas. Chief minister Sheila Dikshit, however, blamed it on “unprecedented” rain. “I went out in the evening. There was no waterlogging,” Dikshit told reporters.
Not just government colonies such as Pandara Road, Lodi Road and Sarojini Nagar, water collected in and around the houses of several ministers in the New Delhi Municipal Council area.
“In the past seven years that I have been living here, it was the first time that water entered our home,” said an IAS officer who lives in the government flats on Pandara Road. “When we called the NDMC helpline to send a pump to clear water, the officials said several requests from VIPs were pending.”
According to a senior NDMC official, the construction of a parking lot at Kushak Nullah near Barapullah elevated road during the Commonwealth Games in 2010 raised the level of Barapullah drain, resulting in waterlogging in Lutyens’ Delhi.
“The height of the drain has been raised up to 3.5 feet. We faced the same situation in 2010 and we took up the matter with the MCD and the Delhi government. But it was swept under the carpet as all the projects had to be completed before the games,” a senior NDMC official said. The MCD refused a comment.