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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