Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia directed officials that the waterlogging helpline number 1077 be made functional on a 24x7 basis and was told it was already functioning round-the-clock.

New Delhi: The desilting claims of different civic agencies fell flat when many areas in the capital on Thursday faced massive waterlogging.

As Indian cities grow, urban planners must ensure that basic infrastructure and public services are provided on a sustainable and equitable basis. Access to amenities such as water, electricity, food, drainage, sewerage systems, solid waste disposal, healthcare and transportation are key to the smooth functioning of urban areas.

This article investigates the impact of court verdicts on Chennai’s canals, tanks and related wetlands. It discusses three interlinked cases surrounding Buckingham Canal area and argues that the verdicts in these cases allowed the administration to destroy sophisticated water systems. It also argues that these waterbodies could have mitigated, if not prevented, the November–December 2015 fl oods in Chennai.

Chennai floods show the vulnerabilities that arise from the neglect of urban planning. (Editorial)

Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh and one of the world’s rapidly growing megacities, is an urban hotspot for climate risks. Located in central Bangladesh on the lower reaches of the Ganges-Brahmaputra Delta, the city faces the recurring phenomena of urban flooding and waterlogging following intense rainfall nearly every year.

Several roads were found damaged after the weeklong rain resulted in constant waterlogging across the city.Traffic police said they discovered that bitumen had got washed off after the stagnant wat

Order of the National Green Tribunal (Principal Bench, New Delhi) in the matter of Indian Council for Enviro-Legal Action Vs. National Ganga River Basin Authority & Ors. dated 15/06/2015 regarding unauthorised dumping around the river bank/flood plains of River Ganga flowing within the limits of Nagar Nigam, Haridwar.

There seems to be no let-up in the bad news about the city's vanishing lakes and stormwater drains.

Heavy rains throughout Sunday night and Monday caused water-logging and congestion on all major arterial roads in the city.

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