Learnt lessons, prepared for monsoon: MCD

July 5th, 2010 - 10:02 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi , July 5 (IANS) As the monsoon sets over the national capital, the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) claims that it has learnt lessons from the past years and is fully equipped to address civic problems arising due to the rains, an official said Monday.
“The MCD is geared up to tackle problems like waterlogging, trees uprooting and cleaning up of drains. The civic body has learnt lesson from the last monsoon and will try to over come those this year,” said Jagdish Mamgain, the chairman of works committee of the civic agency.

The corporation has identified 139 vulnerable points prone to water logging.

A permanent pumping station is being installed and portable diesel pump sets are deployed to drain off water, he said.

To overcome the stagnation of water, the MCD will pump water into Yamuna from different areas.

“Seventeen major drains will discharge rain water into the river Yamuna. If the water level in the river crosses danger mark, gates provided on the drains will be closed to stop the water flowing to the river,” Mamgain said.

MCD’s engineering department has claimed to have cleaned and desilted all 1,552 drains covering 1,557 km in length.

Apart from this all bell mouths, vertical chambers, gully gratings carrying rain water discharge from streets, roads and drains are properly cleaned to avoid stagnation of rain water, the official added.

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