Delhi govt to hire two consultants to tackle waterlogging menace

Delhi: 22 March, 2022 (Times of India)

New Delhi: The Delhi government will hire two private consultants to prepare blueprints for augmenting the city’s drainage system and to monitor implementation of a plan prepared by Public Works Department to manage waterlogging menace.This was decided at a high-level review meeting held by chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday on the progress made under Delhi Drainage Master Plan.

“We have been working very hard to resolve Delhi’s drainage and waterlogging problems. This is our dream project. We should initiate discussions with all caretaker agencies and ask them to let us have charge of transforming the drainage system,” said Kejriwal.

Delhi is divided into three major natural drainage basins- Trans Yamuna, Barapullah and Najafgarh. The consultants will look after all the three basins.



It is essential to overcome issues like waterlogging to make Delhi a world-class capital, the chief minister said at the meeting which was also attended by PWD minister Manish Sisodia and other senior officials of the department.


“The problem of drainage and waterlogging affects every citizen of Delhi. If the Delhi government can look after the whole project, we will be able to overcome significant challenges and make the system world-class,” added the chief minister.


Kejriwal further directed the officials to make preparations to seek necessary approvals from all the agencies concerned.

In case the capital faces heavy rainfall, like last year, the CM has directed the department to be prepared. For this purpose, necessary changes will be made in wastewater and stormwater drains.


Earlier, Sisodia held a meeting with PWD officials and reviewed the monsoon preparedness plan. He directed desilting of drains in a time-bound manner by the end of May.