The monsoon season may still be far away, but a likely tussle over how to deal with its messy effect on Delhi’s roads has already begun. With BJP heading the city’s civic bodies and an AAP government firmly in the saddle, there is likely to be a fair bit of politics in any solution to Delhi’s water-logging woes.
The Delhi government has asked the three corporations to present their roadmap to ensure zero water logging during the monsoon. The departments have been asked to ensure that not even the secondary roads should be allowed to be water-logged or else the funds given to corporations under the head that covers desilting of drains will be blocked.
Currently, each corporation gets around Rs 300 crore under the head of urban infrastructure.
The corporations, however, blame Delhi government for their said failure. “There are drains for PWD roads that are not desilted. Because of this, water comes back to smaller drains which we have desilted. The problem of water-logging will not solved unless PWD desilts drains on its roads,” said a senior official at one of the corporations.
More than 645 km of roads in Delhi that are 60 feet and wider were taken over by the PWD in 2012 from the corporations. Last year, the Lt-Governor took the initiative to ensure that each government department coordinated well to make Delhi free of water-logging during the monsoon. However, not much was achieved, as is evident from flood-like conditions across the city after the rains over the past two days.
While much remains to be done before July, a BJP councillor said that with an AAP government in power and monitoring the corporations closely, squeezing funds from would be a hard.
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