Waterlogged roads holding up traffic for hours at end is a common sight in the Capital every monsoon. It does not look like it will be any different this year.
Barely 18 days before the officially arrival of the monsoon in the city, the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) the civic agency responsible for de-silting the drains so that roads don’t get waterlogged after rains has barely managed to clean 13 per cent of a total 1,485 drains in the Capital. This after the civic body this year increased the budget for de-silting drains to Rs 37.5 crore from Rs 25 crore.
The ineptness of MCD can also be gauged from the fact that a year after it placed orders to procure the much-hyped super sucker machines a special machine, which desilts drains at a much higher speed it is yet to get its delivery.
MCD officials now say the two super sucker machines, which will cost the civic body Rs 10 crore will be delivered by June end after the monsoon arrives.
“There were some technical problems that resulted in the delay. But the company has assured us that the machines will be delivered by end of June,” said Vijendra Gupta, Chairman of the MCD’s Standing Committee.
“The de-silting work has suffered, as some of the MCD staff were suspended recently. But we will be able to complete the work,” he added.
Gupta said once the super sucker machines are put into action, de-silting work would be completed in a shorter time. MCD’s assertions
that the de-silting work will be completed on time, however, seem like a tall promise.
For, out of the 1,485 drains the civic body has managed to clean merely 197 drains till date.
This when the MCD had prepared a de-silting action plan way back in February and had submitted a report to the Delhi Lieutenant Governor stating work would be completed by May 31.
“Work is being carried out and we are trying our best to complete it before the arrival of monsoon. Work on 1,287 drains is in progress and as some of the junior staff were suspended recently it slowed the entire process of de-silting,” said Deep Mathur, Director Press and Information, MCD.