Delhi Rains: Government, MCD in blame game

Last Updated: Wednesday, July 29, 2009 - 00:31

New Delhi: As Delhi came to a standstill due to heavy overnight rains triggering widespread waterlogging and traffic jam, a blame game began on Tuesday between the city`s Congress government and BJP-controlled MCD over who is responsible for the situation.
Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit accused MCD of failing to
carry out de-silting of the city`s drains properly which
resulted in widespread water-logging leading to heavy traffic
jams, a charge denied by the civic body.

"On water logging, I just want to ask the MCD what
they have done to address the problem....It is MCD`s
responsibility," Dikshit told reporters.

The Chief Minister said two months ago she had called
a meeting to review the prepardness of the administration to
deal with a similar situation. "But they (MCD) have not done
anything."

"MCD is trying to act smart by trying to put the blame
on Delhi government. But people understand everything. This
kind of attitude is not unacceptable," she said.

Satisfied over the heavy spells of rains yesterday,
Dikshit said she was really concerned over the less rainfall
in July.

"We were really concerned over less rainfall. It
affects the economy," she said.

Expressing unhappiness over the media`s criticism of
her government over waterlogging and traffic jams, she said
she was apologising for the problems.

"If you had faced problems for two hours, then I am
seeking apology from you. But we should be happy for having
sufficient rains," she added.

Delhi Mayor Kanwar Sain, however, dismissed
suggestions that water-logging was due to the failure of MCD
in de-silting city drains.

He said he has instructed all MCD`s zonal
commissioners to visit the affected sites in their respective
areas to do the needful.

Sain said he was convinced that de-silting has been
conducted satisfactorily in 98 per cent of the drains.

Bureau Report

First Published: Wednesday, July 29, 2009 - 00:31

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