Incessant rain for the fourth consecutive day lashed Delhi on Sunday, even as officials have started squabbling and civic agencies have blamed each other for the monsoon mess.
On Saturday, heavy monsoon showers flooded large swathes of the city and led to miles-long traffic jams, throwing life out of gear. Over 300 complaints about traffic jams and waterlogging calls kept the municipal corporations and Delhi government officials on their toes throughout Saturday.
The complaints, however, finally woke up the authorities with the civic agencies and the Delhi government ordering the senior officials to keep a tab on waterlogging and resolve problems on an urgent basis.
The showers forced many drivers, rickshaw-pullers and two-wheeler riders to seek shelter under flyovers and under bus stop roofs, obstructing traffic movement.
Water-logging could be seen at several places across the national capital. (Arun Sharma/HT Photo)
While leaders indulged in a blame game, experts attributed the problem of waterlogging to the lack of proper sewage system and mushrooming illegal colonies.
“Due to the lack of proper sewer system, the storm drains act as sewer drains too. While illegal colonies do not have a proper channel to discharge the sewage, it flows directly into the storm water drains, choking them, said a retired civic official.
Senior leaders of civic agency, however, blamed officials for not taking proper precautions before the monsoon, leading to the current situation. “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, south corporation..
The BJP leaders refuted the allegations claiming that the Delhi government was responsible for the current 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.