Officials liable for any waterlogging

Officials liable for any waterlogging

Govt departments, PWD to be penalised

Officers and engineers will be held responsible for waterlogging in the Capital

With only couple of months left for the monsoon to arrive, the city government on Thursday decided to penalise municipal corporations, flood and irrigation department and PWD officials if any case of waterlogging is reported from their jurisdiction. 

As there is no government in the city, Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung is heading all of the departments and this decision has been taken following his orders. 

Earlier, the three municipal corporations, Public Works Department and flood and irrigation department used to blame each other of waterlogging in the city.

‘Perennial problem’

“There are 153 points in the city where waterlogging in monsoon has become a perennial problem which leads to heavy traffic snarls,” said a senior Delhi government official.

“The government’s decision will help a quick redressal of this problem as the concerned officials will be on their toes,”  added the official.

Areas like ITO, Vikas Marg, Kashmere Gate, Sarai Kale Khan, Dhaula Kuan and Moolchand face sever waterlogging problem every year.

The concerned department have been asked to hold a joint meeting for a better co-ordination during the peak monsoon season.

Following the LG’s orders, the Delhi State Industrial and Infrastructure Corporation Limited (DSIIDC) has started de-silting of many major drains in the industrial areas of the city.

“As a part of our summer action plan, de-silting works of drains in industrial areas like GT Karnal Road, Badli Industrial Area, Kirti Nagar, Mangolpuri Industrial Area, Udyog Nagar, DSIIDC Nangloi, Jhilmil, Patparganj, Naraina Industrial Area, Wazirpur, Okhla, Narela and Bawana Industrial Area have been initiated,” the official added.

On April 16, the Delhi High Court had pulled state chief secretary over the city government’s failure in averting waterlogging on the roads.