Waterlogging Disaster in Delhi

Saturday, July 13th the capital witnessed extremely heavy rainfall for the first time this year and again just this Friday on the 26th due to which, parts of Delhi also faced extreme water blockage on the roads, causing flooding and immense traffic. Though it was more profound in South Delhi, the PWD (Public Works Department) received over 500 complaints from people around the city!

The Public Works Department (PWD) that is in-charge of 1,260 km of road length in the capital, claims that however only 25kms (2%) of the roads were waterlogged, to which they attended immediately. “The PWD is the one that gets the bad name. But what needs to be seen is whether or not all the roads that are waterlogged come under the PWD or not,” said a senior PWD official.

After this incident, PWD Officials have also stated that teams of workers will remain alert during this season and will be deployed around-the-clock whenever the need may arise. “In our experience, it will not rain like it did on Saturday every day till the end of September. Rainfall is intense in spells. The deployment of our maintenance vans will depend on the intensity of the rainfall in Delhi,” said a PWD official.

They also found various other reasons for why waterlogging may have been aggravated, creating more traffic and inconvenience for the public. Some of which were, the parking of two-wheeled vehicles cutting into the widths of the road, construction sites that pumped out water onto the roads, etc.

According to government officials, the clearance time for waterlogging varies from 15 minutes to an hour. These are the spots identified by the PWD as the most vulnerable to waterlogging.

Vulnerable spots identified by PWD
* Moolchand Flyover
* AIIMS (Aurobindo Marg Crossing)
* Andrews Ganj
* Near Lajpat Nagar Metro Station
* Pamposh Enclave
* Modi Mills towards Kalkaji
* Near PTS Adchini
* IP Flyover opposite WHO
* Timarpur Crossing
* Main Burari Road
* GTB Nagar
* University Road
* Under Tilak Bridge
* Old GT Road (Bihari Building)
* Road no. 59 (Khajoori Khas to Brijpuri)
* Raja Garden flyover
* Rajdhani College
* Near Chhatrasal Stadium
* Azadpur underpass
* From Jahangirpuri Metro Station to Mukarba Chowk