Delhi: Water-logging due to unplanned drainage system, says Satyendra Jain

Delhi PWD Minister Satyendra Jain blamed ‘unplanned drainage system’ for the massive water-logging of roads the city witnesses after heavy rains.

Delhi PWD Minister Satyendra Jain on Wednesday blamed ‘unplanned drainage system’ for the massive water-logging of roads the city witnesses after heavy rains. “Delhi’s sewerage system has not been designed for heavy rains and that roads are water-logged whenever the capital witnesses heavy rains,” he said.

Management of drainage in the city has been divided among the Public Works Department (PWD) and three civic bodies. The PWD has put in service 825 water lifting pumps on various roads which were water-logged due to incessant rains.

Bumper to bumper traffic was witnessed on arterial roads in several parts of the city including Dhualakuan, Badarpur-Mehrauli Road, ITO, South Extension, Laxmi Nagar and Janakpuri during the morning rush hours following a spell of heavy rains.

Massive traffic jams also severely affected vehicular movement on road stretches in other areas including IIT Delhi-Munirka, Press Enclave Road, Chirag Delhi to Nehru Place flyover, BRT to Moolchand, Lala Lajpat Rai Marg, Nehru Place to Zamrudpur, Maharani Bagh, Lajpat Nagar, Lado Sarai T-Point, West End Marg near Saket Metro Station and AIIMS loop.

The US Secretary of State John Kerry’s convoy was also caught in the traffic jams caused by water-logging when he was heading towards IIT in south Delhi to participate in an event.

Kerry had a taste of Delhi’s traffic mess on Monday evening while commuting between IGI airport to his hotel in Chanakyapuri.

Source: Indian Express. Date: August 31, 2016

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