A new railway underpass in West Delhi was flooded by rain on Saturday, just before it was inaugurated by Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj. This was an embarrassment for the BJP, which controls the municipal corporation that constructed the underpass.
The 652-m-long Mundka-Ranikhera underpass, built at a cost of Rs. 51 crore, was formally opened to the public on Saturday at a function in Mundka village.
‘Wading through water’
Ms. Swaraj unveiled the inauguration plaque and left the venue soon after. People who used the new facility had to wade through water to get to the other side.
Heavy showers lashed the area for about 20 minutes, flooding the underpass and leading to chaos at the event.
The organisers called the showers “a blessing from the heavens”, while those attending the event ran for cover.
Suraj Bhan (63), a local resident and retired government servant, said: “The project was opened before time because of the coming Assembly elections. But, look at it, fifteen minutes of rain and it is already waterlogged.”
Ms. Swaraj also opened a primary school building for boys and one for girls, built at a cost of over. Rs 2.5 crore, NDMC public relations officer Yogendra Singh Mann said. — PTI