Why these four spots in Delhi are prone to waterlogging even after a brief shower
To save commuters from the monsoon mess this time, traffic police had flagged a list 370 waterlogging prone places to the Public Works Department, Delhi Jal Board, Municipal Corporation of Delhi, Northern Railway and other agencies.Updated: Jun 28, 2017 14:23 IST
During an inspection of roads this year, Delhi Traffic Police found 370 spots prone to water-logging. At around 150 spots, it is a recurring occurrence.
HT visited four worst spots to know the reasons behind the perennial problem, its impact and preventive measures.
A 200-metre stretch on Sri Aurobindo Marg under the AIIMS flyover makes for sensational pictures every year after a heavy shower.
Water flowing down from three flyovers, combined with a poor drainage system, is the main reason. Small openings every 15 metres on the roadsides -- the main outlets -- are not enough to drain away the water.
A two-feet-high road divider does not help the water recede either.
“These openings do not allow water to pass quickly if it rains heavily. Movement of traffic totally stops for hours,” says Govind, a shopkeeper in the adjoining INA Market.
An executive engineer with the Public Works Department (PWD) said the drains had been repaired this year and openings cleared.
But a spot check showed the small openings continued to be covered with silt and garbage.
FOOT OF MOTI BAGH FLYOVER
It is not very different at the foot of the Moti Bagh Flyover on the side towards AIIMS. A large pool of water even in moderate showers means one lane is blocked for motorists on the busy road.
“If it rains heavily, I refuse passengers,” says Vijay, an autorickshaw driver. Traffic police say jams stretch up to two kilometres on this uneven road.
The water outlets are few and far between. Most of them are clogged by silt and garbage. Locals said the choked drain joins a storm drain 200 metres ahead but its poor shape means the water flow is slow and stagnant.
The DMRC, which is responsible for the stretch, says water pumps have been installed. “Drains are being cleared of silt and will be over by next week. Joint inspections with PWD have taken place,” said a DMRC spokesperson in mid-June.
GOVINDPURI METRO STATION
Another spot is the road under the Govindpuri metro station in south Delhi. “Apart from poor drainage, water from nearby slums add to the problem,” says RK Khurana, an assistant engineer with the PWD.
“On days it rains heavily, we pack up our business. Vehicles are stuck for hours and there is hardly any space to walk,” says Sushil Tyagi, a stall owner.
Repair work was in progress last week. The drains were being dug up and fixed and the roads levelled for water to flow easily.
Laxmi Nagar Metro Station, Vikas Marg
The service lanes on both sides of the road are damaged. The road is not properly sloped because of which water accumulates. The chaos in the area adds to the mess.
“The roadsides, the pavements and the service lanes are occupied by hawkers. They often dig the roads to install temporary tents. This damages the road and water accumulates in the rainy season. They dump their waste into the drains,” said Lalita Sehrawat, resident of Krishan Nagar.
Residents say unless rickshaws and illegal hawkers are removed, things are not going to improve. “Though the PWD has started desilting, it will not help unless the process is carried out the entire year,” said Sanjay Gupta, a resident of Nirman Vihar.