What if it rains during Games? I`m no astrologer, says CM
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Last Updated: Tuesday, July 20, 2010, 22:54
New Delhi: "I am not an astrologer to predict whether there will be rains during the Games or not."

This is how Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit responded today when she was asked by reporters whether the city government was prepared to tackle the eventualities if it rained during the Commonwealth Games in October.

Heavy rains last week had exposed the vulnerabilities of Delhi in the form of widespread waterlogging and traffic jams, virtually bringing to halt the capital which is preparing to host the Games in just over two months.

Repeatedly asked how the government would tackle a similar situation, Dikshit only said all the agencies were working very hard to make the event a grand success.

Asked about waterlogging in several areas of the city today due to rains, she refused to answer.

Despite waterlogging being a repeated feature in Delhi every monsoon season, various civic agencies and authorities are yet to act effectively to tackle it and are mostly seen passing the buck to each other.

Meanwhile, Dikshit today formally inaugurated the Naraina flyover in West Delhi.

The flyover was thrown open for traffic in March. With inauguration of the flyover, the traffic flow from Naraina side had eased a little bit. The work on the flyover was commenced in March, 2007.

Speaking on the occasion, Dikshit expressed confidence that new flyover will go a long way in ensuring uninterrupted flow of traffic on Ring Road.


First Published: Tuesday, July 20, 2010, 22:54

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