Today's heavy rainfall left Delhi/NCR struggling to find its feet.
Every year, the monsoons manage to blow a hole in the tall claims made by the civic authorities about how fool-proof their preparation for the rainy season is. The choked stormwater drains, like every year, have not allowed water to flow, resulting in submerged roads and waterlogged residential societies. All routes to and from Dwarka were chock-a-block, with cars moving at a snail's pace. Major junctions such as the Dwarka flyover, Dhaula Kuan, the Sector 21 underpass, the Dwarka-Gurgaon highway and areas around terminals 1 and 3 witnessed hours-long traffic snarls.
"Reaching office was an ordeal today," said Sushil Kumar, a resident of Radhika Apartments, Sector 14. "I was stuck at the Dwarka flyover for hours. Where will the water go if the drains are choked? The rains, like every year, laid bare the truth about the preparations made by DDA, MCD and PWD. It is the same story year after year. All tax payers' money inevitably reaches corrupt politicians, contractors or civic authority officials. None of it is spent for infrastructural development."
Rejimon CK, a resident of Nav Sansad Vihar, Sector 22, and a known RTI activist, reveals another facet of the authorities' callous attitude. "Northern Railways has blocked the Sector 21 route without giving commuters an alternative. Widening of the Shahbad crossing has been delayed by 10 years. And the only route we have is waterlogged. What do we do?"
Several societies were also flooded after today's downpour.
"This negligent attitude has made it impossible for us to enjoy the rains," said Madhuri Varshney, president of Dwarka Forum and a resident of Ekta society in Sector 3. "It's high time the authorities did something about the waterlogging problem."