Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia Thursday wrote to Public Works Department (PWD) Minister Satyendar Jain, saying despite the steps taken by the government to attend to complaints of water-logging and potholes, there appeared to be deficiencies on the ground.
“The government of NCT of Delhi has taken several steps to handle the problem of waterlogging and other related issues for monsoon 2016. However, on the ground, there seem to be some deficiencies in our efforts to address the problem. Several media reports have published photographs of instances of waterlogging, potholes and caved-in footpaths, resulting in severe inconvenience to the people of Delhi. The quantum of potholes and the instances of caved-in footpaths etc pose a serious threat to the safety of the road users, which is the top-most priority of our government,” Sisodia wrote to Jain.
The minister cautioned, “The waterlogging may also result in the spread of dengue, which is yet another important reason to address the problem at the initial stage itself.” Jain is also in charge of the health department.
Sisodia — who is at the helm of the Delhi government while Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal is attending a 10-day Vipassana course — said he was confident that the PWD, with over 1,000 team members on the field, will monitor the situation round-the-clock.
However, he asked the minister to submit a daily report of the action taken by the PWD — on complaints made by citizens as well as those taken by the department proactively — “so that people can be made aware of our efforts and our determination to handle the problem collectively.”