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That sinking feeling again.

MORE doesn't always mean the merrier, not at least when one's talking about Delhi! Amid much hue and cry, the Delhi government trifurcated the Municipal Corporation of Delhi ( MCD), the reason being it would help in providing better amenities to the people.

But three corporations and some controversies later, not much seems to have changed, as the rains have gone on to expose. In keeping with the traditions, the Capital's roads have once again fallen prey to waterlogging, leading to traffic snarls at various places.

The Public Works Department ( PWD) has claimed waterlogging at 41 points. But what it failed to mention is that most of these areas fall under the state government- run PWD. This has now triggered a blame game between the corporations and the PWD. What has made matters worse is that while trifurcating the MCD, the Delhi government did not divest the maintenance of roads to the new corporations. Instead, they were handed over to the PWD. During April- May this year, the state handed over the maintenance of some important roads to the PWD and a grant of ` 250 crore was given to it to fix them. But now the PWD says it can't fix them as it has been raining incessantly.

The issue has now forced the Delhi High Court to pull up the state government and directed it to set up a committee to find a solution to the waterlogging problem.

Accepting little responsibility, a senior South corporation member said it had taken care of its responsibilities.

" Waterlogging is affecting traffic on the main roads such as Ring Road and Minto Road, and all of them are PWD's responsibility. It should have desilted these roads on time and installed pumps to drain out water," the official said.

The PWD, on the other hand, claimed none of its roads was waterlogged.

" We have completed desilting on most of the roads and the garbage that gets collected in the open drains is dealt with on a day- to- day basis," PWD spokesperson Deepak Pawar said.


THE Gurgaon police on Wednesday lodged an FIR against Pink City Expressway, which is constructing the ambitious six- lane eway to Jaipur, for poor maintenance of the roads.

The construction has resulted in potholes and extreme waterlogging, especially since Monday, thus leading to severe traffic jams and a few accidents.

( Inputs from Ajay Kumar)

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Date:Aug 30, 2012
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