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Will give directions on September 10 to curb water logging: Delhi HC

PTI 21 Aug 2014, 8:59:44 AM IST
New Delhi: The Delhi High Court said it will issue detailed directions to curb water-logging in the national capital after perusing judicial records and reports filed by various civic agencies on the issue.

A bench of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice RS Endlaw said, "We will issue appropriate and detailed directions on September 10 after perusing the entire records."

During the hearing, the bench was informed that a committee, headed by Professor AK Gosain of IIT, Delhi, has not been provided the data by various civic agencies, including Delhi Cantonment Board and New Delhi Municipal Council about the existing drainage infrastructure in the areas maintained by them.

The government had on October 29 last year appointed the committee to expeditiously submit its report on proposed short and long-term measures to tackle the issue of waterlogging in the national capital by March 26 this year.

Meanwhile, Delhi government, represented by advocates Zubeda Begum and Sana Ansari, filed a status report before the bench on preparation of a master plan of drainage for the national capital territory of Delhi.

As per the report, the master plan of drainage for Delhi will be completed within one and half years. The government has also filed the minutes of a meeting held regarding water-logging of Delhi roads as per which Delhi Jal Board had informed Professor Gosain that 45 per cent of the national capital is unsewered.

He in turn had suggested to DJB to intercept and treat the sewage before it enters stormwater drains, the minutes said. He had also suggested that DJB should separate its sewage system from its stormwater drainage system.

Gosain said in the meeting that he has enough data to commence his work and requires at least one and half years to give the results of his study and added that accuracy of the simulation will increase if remaining data is also supplied.

The court had initiated the plea on its own motion based on news reports of waterlogging in South Extension-I.