Use drones to identify waterlogging sites: HC

‘File status report before July 24’
The Delhi High Court has suggested use of drones to aid civic authorities in identifying sites where waterlogging takes place so as to tackle traffic snarls in the city during the monsoon. A Bench of Justices G.S. Sistani and Jyoti Singh further suggested setting up of a control room for quick reporting on traffic jams and waterlogging for remedial action to be taken as quickly as possible. “We have no hesitation in saying that all the departments would cooperate with each other to ensure that the citizens are not inconvenienced during the coming monsoon,” the Bench said. The High Court directed the city government to file a status report before July 24, the next date of hearing. The Bench also asked the authorities to look into the aspect of rainwater harvesting. During the hearing, the Delhi government’s counsel submitted a status report stating that they have identified problematic areas of waterlogging and highlighted the proposed long-term and short-term measures.
Manning of pumps
The court also asked the authorities to ensure that the pumps are manned by operators every day during the monsoon season and the moment water starts collecting, the pumps should be put to use so that there is no waterlogging and the citizens are not inconvenienced by traffic jams. The court, which has taken up the issue on its own, had earlier said the fallout of waterlogging was not only loss of man-hours with people unable to reach their destinations, including hospitals, on time but the idling engines of vehicular traffic would also add to air pollution in the city.

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