Ensure cleaning of drains at earliest: Sisodia to officers

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New Delhi, June 25 (IANS) Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Monday urged the authorities to ensure the cleaning of drains at the earliest and also suggested use of modern technology for the same.

Sisodia, while chairing a meeting of the apex committee to review flood control measures, stressed upon the need for early coordinated efforts among various agencies to prevent water logging and other similar problems during the monsoon season.

Sisodia released a manual that contains important telephone numbers, details of flood control machinery, scheme of operation like danger level and flashing of warnings, list of vulnerable points, duties of various departments and other agencies along with important information about river embankments.

“The process of cleaning the drains being used by the Public Works Department (PWD) and the MCDs in most of the cases is very primitive. Garbage from the drains is kept on the road side to dry up and then taken away. In the process a part of the garbage again goes back in the drain,” Sisodia said.

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“We must move to modern technology and one of the solutions is the use of super suckers,” he said.

The meeting was attended by Health and PWD minister Satyendar Jain, Labour Employment and Irrigation and Flood Control minister Gopal Rai, Environment and Forests minister Imran Hussain, Transport minister Kailash Gahlot and Social Welfare minister Rajendar Pal Gautam.

Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash, Secretary Revenue and Divisional Commissioner Manisha Saxena were also present at the meeting along with other senior officers.

–IANS

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