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HC tells civic agencies to file report on clogged drains

The Delhi High Court on Tuesday asked civic agencies — the trifurcated MCD and the NDMC — to apprise it of the steps taken to de-silt drains to prevent waterlogging during the monsoon within a week.

delhi Updated: Aug 07, 2012 23:58 IST
Hindustan Times

The Delhi High Court on Tuesday asked civic agencies — the trifurcated MCD and the NDMC — to apprise it of the steps taken to de-silt drains to prevent waterlogging during the monsoon within a week.

"The MCDs and NDMC are directed to file a comprehensive status report within a week and then the court will appoint a committee to verify the veracity of it," a bench of justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Vipin Sanghi said, while asking the civic agencies to file a detailed status report.

The bench gave the orders on a plea by NGO Nyaya Bhoomi president BB Sharan to launch contempt proceedings against the civic body officials for their alleged failure in complying with the court's July 11 order.

The high court on July 11 had directed officials to take steps to end the problem of waterlogging in the Capital within 15 days.

The counsel for MCDs claimed that steps have been taken to tackle water-logging and the status report is ready to be filed before the court.

Similarly, the NDMC counsel too claimed that no complaint of waterlogging has come to the agency during this monsoon and the areas falling under it are quite clean.

The court had earlier asked the civic bodies and others to ensure that "the silt is removed from the sites".

Meanwhile, rains early Tuesday morning brought down the mercury in Delhi but caused waterlogging in several areas, leading to traffic jams.

Traffic snarls were reported from various areas, including Laxmi Nagar, Bhogal, Mori Gate, Dhaula Kuan, Moti Bagh, Badarpur, Ashram Chowk, Saket and near AIIMS. HTC

First Published: Aug 07, 2012 23:57 IST