Of the 167 spots prone to water-logging in Delhi, identified by traffic police, only two apparently fall under the jurisdiction of the three municipal corporations in the capital.
Last month, traffic police had identified roads and crossings prone to water-logging across the city during monsoon, and sent the list to the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC). While the South and East corporations responded by saying none of the spots identified by traffic police were under their jurisdiction, the North corporation claimed two of those spots fell within its jurisdiction and both had been attended to immediately.
All three corporations maintained that roads which are more than 60-feet wide fall under the purview of the Public Works Department (PWD) and they had told the agency to de-silt these areas “well in advance”.
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Meanwhile, police struggled with traffic congestion in south Delhi’s Ashram Chowk and three other areas Monday morning, as several vehicles broke down on these stretches after Sunday night’s downpour.
“There was no traffic problem due to water-logging. But the vehicles had to be cleared by deploying cranes and that caused a problem this morning,” said a senior traffic police officer.
Every year, as part of preparations for monsoon in the capital, traffic police help identify spots prone to water-logging.
Joint Commissioner of Police (traffic) Garima Bhatnagar said, “We sent the list to all the MCDs, the NDMC and the PWD because the list includes roads under each of these agencies. Our policemen keep a track of water-logged areas and report to us. We keep updating the list of affected areas and inform the agency concerned. We also put up information on social media to alert commuters.”
Meanwhile, with the onset of monsoon in the capital, the civic bodies have intensified efforts to combat vector-borne diseases. A toll-free helpline number to help those suffering from dengue — 1800112260 — has been launched by the South civic body to provide information about the disease.