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No surprise: It’s bad every time

delhi Updated: Sep 10, 2009 23:29 IST
HT Correspondent

It is a sight that doesn’t surprise Delhiites any more.

On Thursday the Capital’s roads were once again waterlogged roads, — something that the city has become accustomed to — thanks to the inefficient civic agencies, which failed to desilt the drains properly.

Within a span of a few hours, the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) and New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) —civic agencies responsible for desilting drains so that roads don’t get waterlogged — were flooded with 138 complaints from across the city.

As motorists had a tough time making their way in knee deep water, the MCD blamed the incessant rain for waterlogging.

“I can’t stop the rain from falling. If it rains it will take

some time for the water to discharge. But we had made adequate arrangements by installing more than 600 machines to pump out water at vulnerable points such as Minto Road, Tilak Marg, among others,” said MCD commissioner K.S. Mehra.

Mehra added problems took place in Badarpur and Model Town due to overflowing of sewerage water and construction activity.

Last year, the civic agency had blamed the pre-monsoon showers for waterlogging.

But this year they don’t have anyone to blame because despite scanty rains roads remain waterlogged.

Delhiites crawled to their offices as several arterial roads and link roads were waterlogged and traffic signals stopped working.

“Poor driving habits added to the chaos on the streets,” a senior traffic police officer said.

Area around Dhaula Kuan was the worst as water the underpass of Dhaula Kuan grade separator submerged in water.

“It lead to long traffic jam on all arms,” joint commissioner of police (traffic) S.N. Shrivastava said.