Delhi far from ready for rains
After the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) claimed that all drains in the national capital had been cleaned and prepped for the oncoming monsoon, an India Today TV team conducted a reality check and visited different locations, accompanied by Delhi Mayor.
The team found out that the claims - all three civic bodies have achieved their targets by 110 per cent - were rather unrealistic. Monsoon this year will create havoc and waterlogging will be the biggest problem for the city's residents, again.
Mayor of North MCD Avtar Singh on Tuesday visited the Rajghat area, behind the Red Fort, and found a completely choked drain. Singh blamed the PWD for the mess and said, "They (PWD) are useless. They don't attend our meetings. They don't even bother to reply to our letters. How are we supposed to solve the city's drainage problem without the cooperation of the Delhi government?"
"We have conducted six meetings in the MCD civic center. They have not attended a single one. I've been checking the drains under the PWD since a week and in almost every area, the situation is same. If the big drains have not been cleaned, how will the small drains work smoothly?" Singh added. The Public Works Department looks after 1,034 major drains in the city.
Senior officials of the department claim that more than 95 per cent of the drains have been desilted. The MCD, however, said that any drain under a four-foot width falls under their jurisdiction. Currently, all three MCDs are taking care of 658 drains in the city.
Praveen Kumar, LOP South MCD raised the issue during a House meeting recently. Kumar also alleged corruption and sent his complaint to the vigilance department as well as to Anil Baijal, L-G of Delhi.
"The report given by the MCD officials contains data which is hard to believe. There are chances that these reports were prepared in AC rooms,and payments of lakhs of rupees were released. There is huge corruption in this case," Kumar alleged. Drains in other areas of the city are no different.