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Greater Noida: A flooded underpass on the Greater Noida Expressway, following heavy rain, in Greater Noida, Friday, September 23, 2022. (PTI photo) (

As the rains continue in Delhi NCR, so will the waterlogging, crippling general condition and clearing the filth of the city. Videos of people passing through water till waist on September 22, which are known as IT hubs and various multi centres. -National companies and BPOs, similar to a few weeks ago, were seen from Bangalore, India’s IT hub, which was dangerously flooded.

But almost every year as the monsoon hits the capital region, the Minto Bridge underpass, or RTR flyover area in Delhi, inundates the Delhi-Gurugram Expressway; With traffic jams and vehicles stuck under water. In all situations, including in Bangalore, the obvious problem is poor urban planning, be it lack or blockage of drainage systems, poor infrastructure, and concretization of drains.

At the same time, these cities are known as the financial centers of the country. Take the Ease of Living Index, for cities with a population of over a million, where Bangalore was ranked No. 1 in India with a score of 66.70, Delhi was ranked 13th with a score of 57.56. Gurugram, which comes in the 10 lakh population index, is at the eighth position in that list.

In Bangalore, a 23-year-old woman died of electrocution after she slipped while traveling on her scooter on a submerged road, and came in contact with a live electric pole. The calamity that the city witnessed has now seen Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai acting on a clear indication of storm drains that have been filled with sewage water. He directed the Brihat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike to clean up the areas where storm-water drains (rajakaluwe) in the city had been encroached upon.

The civic authorities also demolished a road as well as a wall in a technical park on the Outer Ring Road to block the SWD connected to Bellandur Lake.

In the case of Delhi, the drainage system is so outdated that their interim report is also the Drainage Master Plan for Delhi in 2021, headed by Professor AK Gosain from IIT Delhi. The plan showed that, at present, storm drains filled with solid waste, or carrying sewage, were also occupied and natural storm drains were paved.

These points have been highlighted as solutions to the problems of the drainage system in the master plan itself. This also includes that there should be no encroachment on the storm drain, and no sewage in the storm drain, except treated sewage of acceptable quality as per CPCB norms. No road silt (before or after road cleaning – manual or otherwise) should be allowed to be dumped into bell-mouths/drains. The process of cleaning the roads should be completely overhauled. The weight/volume of silt received after sweeping the road should be recorded.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had also reviewed the progress of the Delhi Drainage Master Plan in August last year. According to official figures, there are about 2,846 drains in Delhi with a total length of 3,692 km. Most of these drains are in-charge of Public Works Department (PWD). The news was extremely sad in July when reports said that the Gurugram Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA) had discovered the missing portion of a 120-metre-long drain in the area adjacent to NH-8. The absence of it meant that the drain was not even put on the stretch during the construction.

In May, the GMDA Core Planning Cell had approved a plan to clean and clean the drain for Rs 57.1 lakh. A look at the details of receipts and expenditure of GDMA and their expenditure from April to August of this year from June to “Construction of RCC Box Drain (Part of Master SWD Leg-I) with an expenditure of Rs. Shows size 4.25×2.05 m. Old Delhi Road along Master Road between Sector 18/19 in HSDIIDC area up to Gurugram.

The expenditure till June this year also shows Rs 37.12 lakh – split between May and June – on operation and maintenance of surface drain, master drain, interlinking drain and desilting. A web report on ‘Urban Floods in Gurugram: Experiences and Initiatives’, jointly organized by National Disaster Management and Amity University, Haryana last year, accessed by Sanjay Kumar, District Town Planner (Planning), Gurugram, Town and Country Department. The plan gives examples of drastic change in Haryana land use and suffocation and disappearance of natural drain systems like Badshapur drain.

He also blamed the multiplicity of agencies working in patches, which in many places created a major problem apart from private ownership of drainage land. The report also discussed that water reservoirs such as Wazirabad were constructed and several old reservoirs such as Ghata Lake in and around the Gurugram area were renovated and many are still in the process.

The lake, according to the report ‘Urban Flood Disasters and Mitigation Practices – Cases of Srinagar, Gurugram and Chennai’, was once spread over 370 acres, which was limited to about 2 acres, which meant that it was now waterlogged. is made. There were 388 reservoirs in the city, out of which Basai Lake, Sultanpur Lake and Damdama Lake have survived only a handful.

In 2016’s massive bad waterlogging, it says that the NHAI (National Highway Authority of India) had built a drain parallel to the E-way from Rajiv Chowk, which leads to Badshahpur drain. It is designed for storm water from rest of the E-way to bypass Hero Honda Chowk, which is prone to waterlogging. But NHAI and Badshahpur drains were not connected.

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