A week after Lieutenant-Governor Najeeb Jung directed the Delhi government to prepare for the monsoons and begin work on desilting drains, the Irrigation and Flood Control Department (IFCD) has come up with an action plan for desilting the 61 major drains in Delhi under their jurisdiction.
Unlike previous years, however, the department insists the work would be taken up “transparently” this year, with all details made available on its website.
Every monsoon, the city witnesses flooding on roads because drains can carry a load of only 25 mm water per hour. Delhi’s drainage system was laid in 1976 by the IFCD, taking into account the urbanisation limits up to 1981. IIT-Delhi, which was appointed by the Delhi government in 2012 to draw up a new drainage master plan, is still working on the project.
“The government is often accused of carrying out desilting work only on paper. This year, we plan to put up all details online and provide a number where the public can lodge their complaints. The deadline for desilting of all the 61 drains is May 31,” Dharampal, Principal Secretary (IFCD), said.
While the civic agencies handle almost 90 per cent of the drains, the DDA maintains around 90 and the PWD has 73 drains under its jurisdiction.
Jung became the administrative head of Delhi after the AAP government resigned on February 15, and President’s rule was imposed. At a meeting with heads of all government department’s on February 19, Jung directed the IFCD, MCD and PWD, among others, to prepare a monsoon action plan and conduct desilting of drains well before the rainy season.