While Delhiites had a horrendous time commuting through waterlogged roads, the Delhi High Court on Tuesday pulled up the civic agencies for not taking adequate measures to desilt drains despite repeated directions.
The court also asked the trifurcated MCD and the NDMC to place on record the road maps relating to drainage system by next week. "Drains have to be cleaned. There are no short-term measures to stop waterlogging in the city. If you don't know the number of drains in the area, how will you clean them?," a division bench of justices SK Kaul and Vipin Sanghi asked after MCD failed to file the status report.The civic body claimed that long-term plans were present as per the Master Plan 2021 to solve the problem. "Year after year the problem of waterlogging occurs. You cannot ask citizens to wait for implementation of your long-term plans," the bench said and asked the authorities to place the records of road maps before the court by August 28.
The bench made the observations while hearing a plea by NGO Nyaya Bhoomi President BB Sharan to launch contempt proceedings against the civic body officials for their alleged failure in complying with the court's July 11 order.
The court on July 11 had directed officials to take steps to end the problem within 15 days. The court's directions had come on two PILs, filed by the NGO and Gaurav Bansal, a lawyer, seeking steps to address the problem of waterlogging in the Capital.