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Delhi HC pulls up civic bodies over waterlogging

Delhi HC pulls up civic bodies over waterlogging
Even as the chief minister of Delhi Sheila Dikshit advises the denizens of the national capital to resort to praying as a means to counter the ongoing monsoon mayhem,  the Delhi high court on Wednesday ordered the civic agencies and the Delhi Government to clean the storm water drains on a war footing within a week.

The high court pulled up the authorities for their failure to prevent waterlogging in many parts of the city despite the previous directions of the court.

A bench of acting Chief Justice B D Ahmed and Justice Vibhu Bakhru heard a public interest litigation (PIL) seeking de-silting of drains in the city. Subsequently, the court passed the order to have the storm water drains unclogged within a week, after an assurance from Delhi Government’s Urban
Development and PWD departments, NDMC, three MCDs and Delhi Jal Board.

‘The counsel for ..... assured this court that storm water drains would be cleaned within one week. This would be taken up by the agencies on a war footing. This will be tested out when next major rainfall hits Delhi. If there will be any waterlogging, the concerned Commissioner shall file an explanation in two weeks as to why there was waterlogging’, said the bench in its order.

The bench also said, ‘We see the same thing happening here. Each year, we come across the same waterlogging problem’. It said that rain water had entered the drawing rooms of some of the judges and even the VIP areas are not safe from the ravages of the rain.
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