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LG Shri VK Saxena inspects chronic waterlogging sites – Indraprastha-WHO, Pul Prahladpur and Minto Bridge

Date: 
Saturday, July 2, 2022

•    LG Shri VK Saxena inspects chronic waterlogging sites – Indraprastha-WHO, Pul Prahladpur and Minto Bridge

•    LG reviewed long-term solutions developed at each of these sites

•    LG warns of strict action in case of waterlogging 

In keeping with his resolve to mitigate waterlogging and resultant woes to the people at large during this monsoon, Lt. Governor Shri V.K. Saxena today inspected Delhi’s chronic waterlogging sites – Indraprastha/WHO stretch, Railway underpass at Pul Prahladpur and Minto Bridge and instructed officials to make the water drainage system fool-proof. Accompanied by Chief Secretary and senior officials of various government departments and traffic police, Shri Saxena reviewed the long-term solutions that have been placed at each of these sites to prevent waterlogging and flooding. Shri Saxena said that, any negligence will be viewed seriously and action will be taken against the erring officials.

The LG first visited the IP-WHO stretch on ring road where 4 pumps of 100 HP each have been installed to clear the water from the roads and store it in a newly constructed sump adjacent to the Ring Road. Further, the water from the sump will be channelized into the Yamuna through two separate underground pipelines of 650 meter length each that can collectively carry nearly 5 lakh liters of water. The entire mechanism to clear waterlogging was tested successfully during the heavy rains on June 30. The LG instructed the officials to utilize the 5 lakh liters of water stored in these pipelines for greening purposes after the rainy season. 

Similarly at the railway underpass at Pul Prahladpur that witnesses nearly 5-6 feet deep waterlogging during the monsoon, the LG inspected the newly developed pumping station where 6 pumps of 100 HP capacity each have been installed to clear the overflowing water. At this location, the water pumped out from the road and collected in a 6-lakh liter capacity sump, will be channelized into an MCD sewer at a distance of 200 meters from the pumping station. The LG was informed that two pumps at this site have been made operational while the remaining pumps will be made functional within a week. 

While the LG appreciated the work done at Indraprastha and Pul Prahladpur, he expressed displeasure at the water drainage system developed at Minto Bridge that is among the worst waterlogging sites in the Capital. Shri Saxena flagged the technical flaws in the drainage system developed at the site and warned that the concerned engineers will be held responsible and strict action will be taken in case waterlogging takes place at the site. 

Shri Saxena was informed that a new underground pipeline has been installed to drain out the rainwater from Minto Bridge to Bhavbhuti Marg towards New Delhi Railway Station. The new pipeline is connected to a bigger PWD drain. He was also informed that 4 pumps of 75 HP each have been automated at this site and with increasing level of water, the pumps automatically become operational. He, however, pointed out that the single outlet was insufficient to drain out the huge quantity of water coming in from 4 heavy duty pumps installed at the site. Earlier, the entire water from Minto Bridge was diverted towards DDU Marg.

The LG also expressed displeasure over the garbage dumped in the sump at Minto Bridge and issued strict instructions to remove all garbage and sludge in 3-4 days and report the same along with photographic and video evidences. At Indraprastha and Pul Prahladpur too, the LG directed officials to immediately remove all debris, sludge lying near the drains so that they do not flow back into the drains along with the rain water and further choke the drains. At each of these sites, Shri Saxena instructed the engineers to ensure proper gradient of the new pipelines so as prevent the backflow of water from the bigger drains. 

It may be noted that the LG, since Day-one of assuming office, has accorded topmost priority to monsoon preparedness so as to ensure least inconvenience to people due to water-logging, road flooding, overflowing drains and falling of trees. He has instructed officials to put in place a comprehensive plan comprising long term measures to deal with the problems of waterlogging rather than dealing with the issue in a ‘Crisis Management Mode’ as has been happening till now. He also stressed on devising long-term strategies to recharge Delhi’s groundwater by using this surplus water.

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