When Monsoon is weeks away, 70 % work of cleaning drainage due in Delhi


New Delhi: Soon you will witness waterlogged roads, streets and long traffic jams in the city because municipal corporation barely achieved 30 % of the de-silting work which led to these issues as monsoon hit the city. The similar situation can be seen in Mumbai on Thursday as monsoon arrived.

The situation is particularly worrisome in East-Delhi, where the municipal corporation has only been able to achieve hardly 20% of the de-silting targets while 78% of the work (244 out of 312) is incomplete.

PWD minister Satyendar Jain had announced in April that de-silting work will be over by June 15. However, 70 % of the sites (726 out of 1,036) are incomplete.

In East Zone, 78% of the drains fall under the less than category. The corresponding figures in North and South zones are 75% and 49 %, respectively.

As per the Indian Meteorological department the monsoon likely to hit national capital by June 29. So, the corporations have no time to waste but to race against the time.

Power tussle main reason of delay

The delay in de-silting has led to a tussle betweenthe government and bureaucrats. AAP alleges PWD Secretary Ashwani Kumar for not obeying order on de-silting.

Delay in de-silting has given ammunition to the Delhi Congress to attack AAP. The party raised the issue a month ago before the media. Commenting over the Delhi Congress Spokesperson Chatar Singh said, “AAP government has failed to deliver. We have raised this issue earlier but the voice fall into deaf ear. The monsoon in on brink of city, the drainage are still full. Accordingly, the locals will suffer.”

AAP government should take immediate action to de-silti the drainage before the monsoon.”

However, the municipal officials, asking not to name claimed that de-silting work only began in the past week after the civic body was given a location at Singhola village, Narela for dumping.

“Moreover, the new site is double the distance from the old one. This has made de-silting much more expensive.”

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