The Public Works Department (PWD) has directed its senior officials to visit areas under their respective jurisdiction during rain to check waterlogging.

The directives were issued at a recent meeting chaired by Engineer-in-Chief (E-in-C) Rakesh Kumar Agrawal on various issues.

The field units of the department were also directed to inform the centralised control room about waterlogging in areas, irrespective of the jurisdiction.

Municipal drains

“It was directed that in addition to subordinate field staff, superintendent engineers should also visit their respective sites during rain and take stock of the position by themselves. They should mobilise teams for dealing with waterlogging problems. The respective civic bodies should also be kept in the loop while dealing with waterlogging problems,” the minutes of the meeting stated.

The meeting saw some officials pointing out that as the smaller drains under jurisdiction of municipal corporations are not cleaned, the silt from these, during rain, reach the already cleaned PWD drains due to which the department needs to do the desilting repeatedly.

“The E-in-C directed that in cases where the work is held up due to issues of other civic agencies, the matter should be taken up with them in writing with proper details, including photographs,” it stated.

Last month, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia had called for setting up of a special purpose vehicle to clean the city’s drains and prevent waterlogging on roads in the Capital.

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