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Delhi: A day after rains exposed civic agencies' unpreparedness, blame game begins

Jul 21, 2013 08:06 PM IST India India

New Delhi: Just two hours of rain were enough to paralyse the National Capital on Saturday. Drain overflowed, roads were flooded, traffic thrown out gear and homes inundated after the national capital received the heaviest rainfall in 10 years.

Traffic was thrown aout of gear as people were stuck in jam. "Yesterday the water was waist deep. So we could not report to work," said a commuter. The situation was the same everywhere. "I'am coming from CR Park and I have to go to Vasant Vihar. I have been stuck for 45 minutes," said another.

Other than the commuters, many had a harrowing time as water entered their houses. "The whole area is full of water. The people living here are facing a lot of problem as we have to drain the water out. My car was also damaged because of it," says Delhi resident Ruhi.

But, why was Delhi so unprepared? Money, it seems, is not the problem. While, the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) have allocated 46 crore rupees for sewerage this year, the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) earmarked 12 crores. The East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC) had sanctioned 40 crores for sanitation. The PWD says they allocated roughly 60 crores this year.

The various agencies are indulging in a blame game. "The main responsibility lies with the PWD. The big drains are overflowing," sais SDMC Mayor, Sarita.

"We are not responsible, the big roads and drains are under the PWD," said Ram Narayan Dube, EDMC Mayor.

The PWD responsible for maintaining all roads that are 60 metres wide and more claims they made preparations for the rains - but several arterial roads were flooded.

As the authorities were caught off guard - the corporations received around 100 complaints after just two hours of rain and the MET dept predicting more rains in the coming days it looks like the woes of Delhites are only expected to increase.

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