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Manish Sisodia seeks reports on waterlogging within 24 hours, asks agencies to work together

Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia directed officials that the waterlogging helpline number 1077 be made functional on a 24x7 basis and was told it was already functioning round-the-clock.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | July 19, 2016 5:31:46 am
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Two days after heavy rains caused waterlogging at various places in the city and agencies in charge of maintaining roads traded charges, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia Monday asked them to conduct joint inspections and submit within 24 hours reports on the reasons for complaints from different areas.

He directed officials that the waterlogging helpline number 1077 be made functional on a 24×7 basis and was told it was already functioning round-the-clock.

“Dial 1077, 24×7 Helpline to report water logging anywhere in Delhi. It’s a 24×7 Helpline. Directed all agencies to conduct joint inspections at severely affected areas & submit reports by tomorrow,” Sisodia tweeted after holding a ‘senior level meeting’.

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A government official said, “The deputy CM has has sought a separate report from Delhi Traffic Police about the roads vulnerable to waterlogging and reasons for this problem. The reports will be followed up by immediate corrective measures to minimise the problem of waterlogging.”

PWD Minister Satyendar Jain, Water Minister Kapil Mishra, and officials of agencies responsible for checking waterlogging, including the NDMC, the three MCDs, PWD and the urban development department, were present at the meeting where Sisdoia issued the directions, the government official added.

On July 16, Delhi received more than 40 mm rain and saw waterlogging in several parts of the city. Traffic was thrown out of gear and citizens had to wade through knee-deep water in various areas.

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