An interview with KS Mehra commissioner, Municipal Corproation of Delhi
What is the main reason for bad roads in the Capital?
It is water stagnation caused by problems of drainage. The drainage system was built years ago and needs repairing. In Old Delhi, for example, sewer and storm water drains are connected. This chokes the drainage system and does not allow water to draining out. Stagnant water corrodes the roads and damages them.
How can the problem be solved?
The government is in the process of making a master plan for drains, that will help sort out issues. Once the plan is done, the drainage system can be made more robust.
Any new technology that the MCD is employing for better roads?
The MCD is in the process of building stronger roads with RMC technology. There are 116 roads planned under the project, which the civic body will start work on. These roads will have more durability. Before building the roads, there will also be a proper drainage plan that will be implemented, so that water does not stagnate on the roads.
Road cutting also damages roads. Any solutions in the pipeline?
To prevent frequent road cutting, we are suggesting better coordination amongst various agencies, so that when roads are being built, various agencies (BSES, DJB, telecom agencies) coordinate and carry out work, instead of having the road cut again and again.