Delhiites wake up to a rainy Sunday; streets waterlogged

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Jul 12, 2015 11:39 IST
Vehicles cross a water-logged area near Lajpat Nagar after heavy rain in New Delhi on Saturday. (Arun Sharma/HT Photo)

Incessant rains lashed Delhi for the fifth consecutive day on Sunday, as dark grey clouds hovered over the city skyline and key thoroughfares remained waterlogged.

However, it being a Sunday, no traffic congestion was reported from any part of the city, even as some social media users posted they had not seen such unrelenting rain for a long time.

“When the weather was muggy, we all wanted the rains. And now it seems the rains won’t stop ever. Delhiites will soon start complaining, I’m sure,” said Ram Sewak, a cab driver, as he drove past a waterlogged neighbourhood is east Delhi.

The past few days saw the large swathes of the city under several inches of water and miles-long traffic jams, throwing life out of gear. The showers forced many drivers, rickshaw drivers and two-wheeler riders to seek shelter under flyovers and at bus stops.

Over 300 complaints about traffic snarls and waterlogging calls kept the municipal corporations and Delhi government officials on their toes throughout Saturday.

The complaints finally woke up officials in the civic agencies and the Delhi government ordered top officials to keep a tab on waterlogging and resolve problems quickly.

While leaders indulged in a blame game, experts attributed the problem of waterlogging to the lack of a proper sewage system and mushrooming illegal colonies.

"Due to the lack of proper sewer systems, the storm drains act as sewer drains too. Illegal colonies do not have a proper channel to discharge the sewage and it flows directly into the storm water drains, choking them," said a retired civic official.

Senior leaders of a civic agency, however, blamed officials for not taking proper precautions before the monsoon, leading to the current situation.

Water-logging could be seen at several places across the national capital. (Arun Sharma/HT Photo)

"Every year it’s the same thing, drains are choked, roads remain flooded and the officials fail to take responsibility. This shows that work done before the monsoon was merely an eye wash and suggests corruption in the civic body," said Farhad Suri, leader of opposition in the south corporation.

Leaders of the BJP, which controls key civic bodies, refuted the allegations and said the Delhi government is responsible for the chaos. "All major roads are with the PWD and the current situation is a fallout of their lax attitude in working," said North mayor Ravinder Gupta.

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