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HC to hear plea on waterlogging

india Updated: Jul 24, 2013 01:01 IST
Harish Nair
Harish Nair
Hindustan Times
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The Delhi High court will on Wednesday examine the steps taken by the civic agencies in the Capital to implement its orders issued many years ago to address the problem of waterlogging.

The issue was raised before the court by president of the NGO Nyaya Bhoomi, Col. BB Sharan. He told the court that waterlogging and traffic snarls on the Capital's roads during the recent rain proved that the government, the three municipal corporations, NDMC and the PWD had not implemented the court's orders issued since 2005.

The government had submitted before the court last year that a team led by IIT professor AK Gosain will examine the Capital's waterlogging problem and prepare a master plan to provide a long-term solution. A bench of acting chief justice BD Ahmed and justice Vibhu Bakhru posted the matter for hearing on Wednesday.

The court had directed all civic agencies to ensure that drains were cleared of silt before the monsoon.

Seeking a short- and long-term road map to deal with the menace, it had asked the traffic police to ensure the smooth functioning of traffic lights during the rain and also deployment of additional traffic police personnel.

Two other PILs have sought steps to address the problem of waterlogging in Delhi. One of the petitions claimed the civic agencies did nothing significant after 1998 to clean the drains. It submitted a list of 41 waterlogging-prone areas in the city.

The petition said Minto Road Ashram Chowk, South Extension Part-I, Mathura Road, ISBT Kashmere Gate, RTR Marg near Moti Bagh flyover, Siri Fort Road, the Dhaula Kuan underpass and underpasses around Dwarka are waterlogged every year.