The Delhi High Court on Wednesday pulled up the Delhi chief secretary over the problem of water-logging in the city during monsoon.
Expressing its displeasure at the non-implementation of the provisions listed in the Delhi Master Plan 2021, a division bench of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice Pradeep Nandrajog slammed the Delhi government and said, “Nothing is happening according to the master plan. What are you doing?”
“We are living in an age of science and technology and you are not able to deal with water-logging and desilting in the national capital,” the bench told Chief Secretary Sanjay Kumar Srivastava, who had been summoned by the court after authorities failed to submit a report detailing the short- and long-term measures aimed at checking water-logging.
The court, which was hearing a PIL regarding water-logging on roads and sanitation issues in the city, posted the matter to August 20 and said it would take a decision on the next date of hearing.
Srivastava told the court that the government required the permission of various departments to carry out desilting work and non-cooperation between the departments was often a problem.
The court suggested the government take the help of the archaeological department and the expert committee, headed by IIT-Delhi professor A K Gosain, that had been asked to suggest solutions to the problem of water-logging.
The committee had submitted its report to the Delhi High Court on Monday and stated that desilting of drains was the only short-term way to deal with water-logging.
The report further said Delhi’s drainage system and the available data on it were being analysed to formulate a long-term solution to the problem. The committee in its report had also alleged that it was not receiving the required support from civic agencies in its endeavour.