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Sarkari Brains & Urban Drains

The Times of India

Published on: July 13, 2023

Chandra Bhushan Chandra Bhushan

Cities get flooded by heavy rain mostly because authorities don’t do a few simple things. Delhi’s plight last weekend was thanks to the state government rejecting a drainage plan from IIT.

As deluges subside and our cities revert to normal chaus, we ask ourselves how we got here. Like in Delhi, last weekend. The city witnessed over 100 mm of rainfall, leading to extensive waterlogging, road cave-ins, collapsed homes, and gridlocked traffic.

As citizens struggled, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal quickly attributed the crisis to extreme rainfall, contending that the city’s drainage system wasn’t designed to handle such an “unprecedented” downpour. PWD concurred, pointing our that Delhi’s drainage network can carry a maximum of 50 mm of rainfall in 24 hours and is in dire need of major reconstruction.

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