Sunday, August 1, 2010

Games Dug Up Blamed for Road Snarls

The heavy downpour on Saturday led to massive water logging in the city, leading to traffic jams in most parts of the city. Areas like Khanpur, Aurbindo Road, Greater Kailash, Ashram etc had knee-deep water and vehicles could be seen floating in the rainwater. MCD’s control room received a total of 94 water logging complaints, with maximum complaints (29) coming from central zone.

The main water logging points included Model Town, Mahipalpur towards Vasant Kunj, near Zakhira flyover, Khajuri Khas D-Block, opposite Amar Colony Police Station, opposite Sangam Vihar Police Station, Jasola Road, Mori Gate, Lodi Road to Lala Lajpat Rai Marg, ISBT Kashmiri Gate, Mayapuri Chowk, Nizamuddin West, Malviya Nagar, New Friends Colony, Mehrauli, MB Road, Moti Bagh, Moolchand, Chirag Delhi, AIIMS Flyover, August Kranti Marg etc.

The MCD control room also recieved 20 complaints of fallen trees and five of building collapses. MCD officials said the construction material lying along the main roads aggravated the problem. Said an official: ‘‘The loose soil lying across the city enters the drains and blocks them. Till it is not removed from the roadsides, water logging will continue to be a c.’’

All agencies are supposed to stop digging work by July 31, this seem unlikely with monsoons causing further delay. Said an official: ‘‘Many of the Commonwealth Games projects are falling behind schedule and have extended their deadline to August 31. In most of these cases, digging will continue to take place adding to water logging problems.

In Khanpur, water entered shops. Said a shopkeeper: ‘‘Our goods are destroyed every time it rains.’’ Water also entered houses in several places.