Facing flak over waterlogging following heavy rains in the city, the MCD today said zonal deputy commissioners will be held personally responsible over such complaints and asked officials to take remedial measures and avoid going on leave during monsoon season.
Mayor P R Sawhney held a meeting to take stock of the situation arising out of yesterday's rains in which Municipal Commissioner K S Mehra, all DCs and other senior officials were present.
While stressing the need to take "necessary action at the field level with special emphasis on vulnerable points", the Mayor at the same time said other agencies like PWD should also "do their part" in combating the problem.
"The zonal deputy commissioners will be held personally responsible over waterlogging complaints. Senior MCD officials should stay in the field particularly during heavy rains," the Mayor told PTI. "We have also asked all officials concerned not to go on leave during rainy season except for medical reasons," he said.
The meeting also recommended better coordination among various civic agencies like MCD, PWD, DMRC, Delhi Jal Board, NDMC and DDA, to ensure effective response to any situation arising out of heavy downpour in Delhi.
"Many areas roads which witnessed waterlogging yesterday belonged to PWD. While the MCD has completed all de-silting work, the Public Works Department failed to de-silt some drains under it. We are writing to PWD Minister Raj Kumar Chauhan on the issue," the Mayor said.
It was directed that MCD officials should ensure that vulnerable points already identified should be given special emphasis. "It must be ensured that the de-watering pumps are kept in readiness. These should be operationable by both electricity and diesel," the Mayor said.
The MCD also sought to pass the blame on construction work undertaken for Commonwealth Games for the situation. "At a large number of places, various other agencies like PWD, DMRC, Delhi Jal Board, NDMC, DDA, DSIDC NDPL. BSES are carrying out developmental works. Due to these causes too, the drains get chocked," it said.
The Mayor said that wherever necessary, the fault should be brought to the notice of the other agencies. A number of points where waterlogging took place did not lie within the jurisdiction of MCD, he said. "However, MCD must critically analyse its own points and take remedial measures," he said.
In the morning, Mehra also held a separate meeting with MCD officials including heads of the departments and zonal deputy commissioners.