Introduction: Delhi weather
Delhiites are gearing up for another episode of rains and waterlogging, as the weatherman has predicted more showers in the national capital over the next few days. The city’s drainage system is still not capable of handling the huge amount of water that pours down every year during the monsoon.
The situation is particularly bad in low-lying areas like Lutyens’ Delhi, where even a light shower can lead to massive traffic jams and hours-long power outages. The residents of these areas have been demanding that the authorities do something about the pathetic state of affairs, but to no avail.
The Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) has been promising to improve the drainage system for years now, but nothing has been done on the ground. The only solution seems to be to move out of these areas until the monsoon is over.
The Delhi government has been trying to address this issue by building more drains and upgrading the existing ones. However, the process is slow and there is still a lot of work to be done.
What to Expect?
Delhiites are used to the scorching sun and dust storms during summer. But this time, the Met department has predicted light rain in the city for the next few days. So what should one expect during this weather?
The rain will bring some relief from the heat, but it will also make the air humid and sticky. The temperature is likely to drop by a few degrees, so it might be a good idea to carry an umbrella or a raincoat. However, since Delhi’s drainage system is not very good, there is a possibility of waterlogging in some areas. So be careful while travelling and avoid walking through puddles if possible.
The rain is also likely to bring with it some pollution, so it might be a good idea to avoid strenuous activities outdoors. And finally, don’t forget to enjoy the weather!
How will it impact daily life?
The monsoon rains have finally descended on Delhi, and with them comes the inevitable traffic jams, water-logging, and delays. This year, however, there is a new worry for Delhiites: how will the rain impact daily life?
The city’s drainage system is already struggling to cope with the normal amount of rainfall, let alone the extra water that the monsoons bring. The result has been widespread flooding, particularly in low-lying areas.
In addition to the floods, there is also the added danger of electrocution from exposed wires. With more rain forecast in the coming days, it remains to be seen how much worse things will get. For now, all Delhi residents can do is hope for the best and prepare for the worst.
Officials have been working on a plan to improve the drainage system for some time now, and construction has already begun on several new drains and pumping stations. The government has also pledged to clean up all of Delhi’s illegal drains and culverts before the start of the monsoon. If these measures are successful, it could go a long way towards solving Delhi’s perennial drainage problems.