Officials in the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) attribute the comparative lack of flooding on roads under their jurisdiction during the monsoon to regular desilting of storm water drains. An NDMC official says flood-prone zones in the 132 roads under their jurisdiction are identified before monsoon and necessary measures are taken.
The roads are divided into five divisions, each looked after by an individual control room. According to officials, road maintenance is done daily in three shifts. NDMC officials also say that this monsoon season, the traffic department has not yet informed them about any waterlogging or stagnation in their area. According to the officials, among the five divisions, the most vulnerable zone is under the railway bridge at Africa Avenue.
An NDMC official says, “The control room in Netaji Nagar Drainage Service Centre intimates officers on duty if there is a case of stagnation and the officer in charge takes action.” There are 11 pumps to deal with water stagnation. The official adds, “People are deployed round-the clock to operate the pumps when necessary.”