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Civic bodies unprepared for Monsoons?

Challenges faced by the residents after Wednesday's showers, have resulted in many of them questioning the city's preparedness for the impending south-west monsoons.

Around 10 millimetres of rainfall in the city on Wednesday caused water logging and also massive traffic. Last year's, around 46 millimetres of rainfall for three hours had caused a traffic jam of over 18 hours.

The city public authorities and Haryana Government had announced various projects to cope up with heavy monsoons.

The state government had planned to expand the Badshahpur drain – which is a cross section of the Najafgarh drain – so as to avoid overflowing of rainwater.

The long procedure however in land acquisition, rehabilitation and providing adequate compensation to 35 inhabitants resulted in the delay of the project.

Not only Badshahpur drain but most of the drains and ponds have been levelled as the rate of urbanisation has grown over the years. Not only are the major projects but reports of unclean drains and unrepaired roads are also being pointed out by the citizens.

"You can understand the level of preparedness by the city public officials when even Golf Course road that is expected to have one of the best infrastructures in the city gets water logged. While major projects may have its difficulties what is stopping the officials to clean the drains," said Rajesh Sethi, a city resident.
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