PIL on waterlogging: HC pulls up MCDs, NDMC, PWD and DJB

Pulling up civic agencies for failure to stop water-logging in Delhi during monsoon, Delhi High Court asked their heads to fix responsibilities on the officers and make them accountable.

New Delhi: Pulling up the civic agencies and other public bodies for their failure to stop water-logging in the city during this monsoon, the Delhi High Court on Thursday asked their heads to fix responsibilities on the officers and make them accountable.

"We want results not the words. We are not impressed by the affidavits. There should not have been water-logging after the assurance given by the civic and other agencies to court on July 24....," a division bench of acting Chief Justice B D Ahmed and Justice Vibhu Bakhru said during an hour-long hearing of a PIL seeking steps to end the problem of water-logging in the national capital.

The bench asked three MCD Commissioners to fix responsibilities on Deputy Commissioners to take measures to stop water-logging in their respective zones for short term-measures and in case of their failure, the heads will take disciplinary action against them.

"MCD Commissioners to fix the responsibilities on Deputy Commissioners(DC) in charge of each zone to ensure that there is no waterlogging. In case, the DCs failed to carry out the mandate, the MCD Commissioners are to take disciplinary action against them," the bench said.

In addition, the court sought an affidavit within four weeks from the Corporations indicating the role played by the Municipal Magistrates and directions given by them time to time.

Similarly, the bench asked the Public Works Department (PWD) to fix responsibilities on the Superintending Engineers in each circle to carry out the work.


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