Two days after the Delhi High Court rapped all agencies concerned for waterlogged roads,the coordination committee met to resolve the issue. The High Court has given civic agencies a week to clean the stormwater drains.
The agencies have decided to take help from IIT- Delhi to improve the hydraulic system as well as for structural reform in the citys drainage system. North corporation commissioner P K Gupta said the drains had been cleaned,but the problem of waterlogging persisted.
The agencies have identified 18-20 points of waterlogging and these are under observation.
The committee is discussing on how to handle the problem in the short term. We all have brainstormed on why the city is facing waterlogging despite the fact that we are cleaning the drains. All of us zeroed in on a few problems that can be sorted out, Gupta said.
A senior official said the limited capacity of drains was one of the reasons for waterlogging. Plastic bags that clog the drains were identified as another of the problems. The third problem is of the sewage system. Our sewers are attached to the drains and even when we clean the drains every three to four days,the waste from sewers clog them, the commissioner said.
PWD minister Raj Kumar Chauhan said: We have completed de-silting of our drains. In some areas,where silt might have collected due to rains,we are continuing with de-silting works. Other agencies should pay attention to their works as well.
Rajesh Gehlot,South corporation standing committee chairman,said: There has been no flooding on Minto Road in so many years. This time,the PWD did not even have a pump ready to remove water and the road was flooded.