The Delhi High Court has summoned the chief engineers of the Public Works Department (PWD) and the South Municipal Corporation to appear before the court so that “meaningful change” could be brought about in the “deplorable” state of South Extension II around the Kushak Nallah.
The court of Justice Badar Durrez Ahmed and Justice Sanjeev Sachdeva issued the summons after it was informed that the drainage systems around the area were in a bad condition.
The court had earlier appointed Advocate Jayant Mehta as amicus curiae to visit the area and submit a report on a PIL filed by residents of South Extension.
In his report submitted to the court on Wednesday, Mehta said the PWD was constructing a parking lot “just a metre above the nallah which would block the drainage system completely.
The lawyer also told the court that many inner colony lanes and bylanes had been concretised without leaving space for the water to flow and be drained out. “The situation in and around the Kushak Nallah is deplorable,” the court said, observing that the report submitted by Mehta showed “complete apathy on the part of the administering agencies”.
Residents also submitted pictures of the accumulated debris and blockages in the drain and said the area would face serious problems once the monsoon sets in. They also asked for a stay on the construction of the Barapullah flyover extension, currently being constructed on the Kushak Nallah. But the court did not agree to this.