North body sets 15-day dead­line to solve wa­ter stag­na­tion is­sue

Hindustan Times (Delhi) - - METRO - HT Cor­re­spon­dent htre­[email protected]­dus­tan­times.com

NEW DELHI: The North Delhi Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion has set a 15-day dead­line to find a so­lu­tion to the is­sue of wa­ter ac­cu­mu­lat­ing at Mundka un­der­pass, mak­ing it in­ac­ces­si­ble for com­muters. Last week, stand­ing com­mit­tee chair­per­son Veena Vir­mani, along with com­mis­sioner Var­sha Joshi vis­ited the site and ex­pressed dis­sat­is­fac­tion over the wa­ter seep­age and poor con­di­tion of the road at Mundka un­der­pass.

“The un­der­pass was made op­er­a­tional in 2013 but no ar­range­ments were made to mit­i­gate the wa­ter ac­cu­mu­la­tion prob­lem. Since it is a low-ly­ing area, drain or rain wa­ter eas­ily col­lects here. Some res­i­dents have even com­plained about seep­age of un­der­ground wa­ter into the site. As a re­sult, peo­ple have to wade through flooded roads,” area coun­cil­lor Jayen­dra Dabas said.

Dabas had raised the mat­ter in house meet­ings in past and after that the mayor gave in­struc­tion to con­struct a store room and in­stall a pump to suck flooded wa­ter from un­der­pass.

“But even after that, noth­ing hap­pened. We didn’t want the sit­u­a­tion to per­sist, so we raised the mat­ter with of­fi­cials and new com­mis­sioner again. We hope to see some im­prove­ment in con­di­tion of area,” said Dabas.

To ease traf­fic on the west Delhi road, the MCD had, in 2013, con­structed an un­der­pass be­tween Mundka and Rani Khera. But since then, peo­ple have been fac­ing prob­lems com­mut­ing there. “The Delhi gov­ern­ment plans to con­struct three clus­ter de­pots at Mundka with ca­pac­ity to park 440 buses,” said Dabas.

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