As the city witnessed cloudy skies and thundershowers on Tuesday evening, some of the civic agencies claimed they are prepared for the monsoon. The claim flew in their face as there were complaints of waterlogging from several areas when the city received just 6mm rain.
The South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) claimed they had prepared a zone-wise plan for the monsoon well in advance. Focus will be on desilting of drains, an official said.
However, residents said these were empty promises. “The drainage system is so old that desiltation won’t help anymore. The drains need to be reconstructed,” said Rajiv Kakria, of the Greater Kailash I resident welfare association.
Meanwhile, the Met department attributed Tuesday’s rain to a western disturbance and predicted another spell of rainfall on Wednesday. The maximum temperature of 36 degrees, three degrees above normal for this time of the year, and the minimum at 17.8 degrees, a degree below normal.
Storm affects IGIA operations
New Delhi: The thunderstorm affected many flights in the evening peak hour and 15 flights were diverted to Jaipur and other nearby airports. “Due to high wind speed, we had to put departure and arrivals on hold. It will take a lot of time to clear the backlog,” an airport official said. (HT Correspondent)