AAP government gears up to tackle monsoon woes

PWD approves ₹4.93 crore for executing work

April 21, 2018 11:33 pm | Updated 11:33 pm IST - New Delhi

 Delhiites have to face waterlogging every monsoon even as a network of 165 drains exists in the city.

Delhiites have to face waterlogging every monsoon even as a network of 165 drains exists in the city.

The Delhi government’s Public Works Department (PWD) will carry out the strengthening of several roads and construct drains in various areas in the Capital before the onset of monsoon which, as a matter of course, triggers waterlogging every year.

The Department has approved ₹4.93 crore for executing the work of strengthening of roads and construction of foothpaths and drains in various areas. The administrative approval has been given for strengthening of various roads, foothpaths and drains at the Authority Road, Jankapuri. Strengthening of Vedic Marg from Tihar Crossing to the community hall, 82 Block Sabzi Mandi Road, Najafgarh to Rajouri Garden (A-71) are among others.

Monitoring report

“The officials concerned have been asked to ensure before awarding works that if any drain work comes under the jurisdiction of the PWD, design and execution of the same should be adequate and it should also be ensured that waterlogging does not take place,” a government official said.

De-silting works

The official further said that tenders would soon be invited for executing the works under the approved cost. “It will also be ensured that all the payments to contractors should made through digital mode,” the official said. The principal chief engineer or the chief engineer will submit quarterly monitoring report of the projects, the official added.

Ahead of the monsoon, the PWD has set a target to complete the de-silting works by June 15. Delhiites have to face waterlogging problem every monsoon even as a network of 165 major drains exists in the city.

Last year, the de-silting of drains had caused a tussle between the government and bureaucracy, with Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal seeking action against the then PWD Secretary Ashwani Kumar for not obeying his order over de-silting of drains in time.

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