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Consider setting up reservoirs to store rainwater: HC
The Times of India  |  July 31, 2019

Times News Network New Delhi

Delhi high court on Tuesday suggested that Delhi Jal Board (DJB) build reservoirs under parks, roads and places susceptible to waterlogging to store rainwater. DJB, however, said that such constructions would not be financially viable.


A bench comprising Justice GS Sistani and Justice Jyoti Singh said DJB could use the reservoirs as godowns during the non-rainy season. The court was acting on a suo motu PIL over waterlogging in the national capital. The bench had earlier asked Delhi government to “think out of the box” and “act like commandos” to prevent waterlogging during monsoon.


The AAP government on Tuesday informed that it had installed permanent water pumps and deployed supervisors in areas susceptible to waterlogging and desilted drains to avoid waterlogging.


Additional standing counsel Gautam Narayan said DJB has been requested to increase the intake capacity of its storm-water drains. DJB, however, said it would be difficult to do this in several areas, especially unauthorised colonies. During heavy rainfall, all it can do is open the gates of its drains so that water flows into Yamuna undiluted and untreated.


DJB also said that during rain the discharge is so heavy that it would be difficult to transfer it into rainwater harvesting pits. The matter will now be heard on August 5.


The court had earlier asked PWD to be prepared with additional water pumps to prevent water logging at susceptible places, including ITO and Minto Bridge underpass, which are a part of the 16 sites identified by the agencies.


DJB was directed to ensure that all identified areas are constantly manned and supervised by its officials so that when water logging occurs they can swing into action and pump away the water and prevent traffic snarls.