Preparing for Water Logging: Action Request

We are already in the last week of April and the monsoon season will begin in many parts of India within the next 60 days. Last year, you had shared your inputs on what needs to be done by municipal corporations to minimize water logging. Kindly note the solutions for water logging as identified by you below.
Please call upon your municipal commissioner, or other area officials and set up time to ensure they are aware of the same.

Also, if you have additional inputs on what cities can do now to be better prepared for rains, do share them.

We look forward to your inputs!

Solutions identified by citizens to address Water Logging:

1. A year-long maintenance schedule should be made to clean and desilt the drains and prepare them for the rainy season
2. Citizens should be trained on not throwing the garbage in the drains
3. The storm water drainage system should be refurbished
4. Roads which get water logged every season should be identified and water pumps should be installed clear the water
5. The broken pumps in underpasses and subways should be immediately repaired/changed
6. Roads should be made with the right slope so that the rain water could automatically slide down the drains
7. The good drainage systems of modern cities like New York should be studied and the findings should be implemented in Indian cities
8. More gardens and parks should be made so that the excess water could be absorbed.
9. The capacity of the drains should be increased
10. Roads dug should not be left open for more than 48 hours and proper barricading should be done to prevent accidents
11. A helpline should be started where citizens could report instances of water logging
12. Road maintenance should be carried out throughout the year
13. The civic agencies should be made accountable towards their work by introducing technology, community interface, citizen rating and reporting
14. The inter department coordination between civic agencies should be strengthened
15. For the violations for non-compliance by the developers apart from the penalties levied, the non-compliance should be removed
16. Road sanitation employees should make sure there are no plastic bags or clogging of drains
17. Manholes should have locks which can only be opened by the municipal employees. more  

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One of the main cause of water logging on roads is extensive use of polythene in our day-to-day life and carelessly throwing the polythene waste/garbage into the drains. Further, some states have banned use of polythene bags on paper/record. But the actual banning of polythene bags could not be implemented due to their selfish motive. Use/manufacture of Polythene bags should be banned in all states in letter and spirit. Further, the water logging on roads is due to lack of proper drains(covered) along the roads. The menace should be shorted out by the R&B Department of each State Government and NHAI. more  
Fixing responsibility of all officials from top to bottom will solve the problems to
a great extent. The under/non-performing officials should be dismissed from service as mere suspension followed by reinstatement is no punishment but simply a wastage of time and money. more  
Several steps are to be taken to contain water logging. Some of these are:
Where the roads are damaged, immediate repair of the damaged portions should be taken up.Local public should be allowed to take up the repair work with the maximum cost to be incurred specified.(2) In low-lying areas, excess water in water-;logged areas may be sucked by use of motors into mobile tanks and may be let into the nearet water-body, (3) Similar action may be taken in low-lying areas of each colony. From such water-bodies, water may be pumped to water parks and private gardens. more  
A regular feature when ever rain irrespective of monsoon season,"Water logging on a road from Krishna Chowk to Gaushala (MCG COW SHELTER, Commissnor Municipal Corporation Gurugrams is Trustree of it) near Palam Vihar GURUGRAM. Manager written & met to concern authority several time still situation not improved. more  
Good points are collected and let them be executed promptly. more  

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