This was thanks to a new monitoring system that has been installed there so that the officials keep getting live feeds on their phones whenever it rains. This system comes in place a few weeks after a man had drowned there due to water logging, and died.
The system was activated for the first time on Thursday and everyone, from junior engineers to senior engineers, received live feeds through two CCTV cameras installed there. PWD plans to install the same system at other spots in the city too so that waterlogging can be controlled.
The protocol that has been implemented at all storm water pumping stations is that the water level indicator is to be installed in the underground sump of the pump house to ascertain if water level is reaching the critical mark. The level will be decided and fixed by the executive engineer of the area. This system has a hooter which will start blowing to alert the pump operator to start the drainage pumps.
The on duty pump operator then informs the traffic control room 112 for taking necessary preventive measures to stop the traffic through the underpass if the water level increases to 15cm at the underpass.
Minto Bridge, that now has this monitoring system, and others that are yet to have it, will have two CCTV cameras, one of which will be installed in a position to view the underpass and the other in pump room focussing to view the pumps and panels. The operation of these CCTV cameras should be in such a manner that recording is started as soon as the pump starts.
These cameras are IP based and WiFi enabled having a memory card of suitable capacity for recording the footage of at least seven days. The functioning of these pumps is done through mobile apps by the concerned field staff. This app will show the status of water level in sump, operational status of pumps and the footage of CCTV cameras.
The department also warned of filing an FIR against those not following traffic restrictions to be imposed during heavy rains. On July 19, a 56-year-old man, who was driving a mini-truck, had drowned after he was stuck under the waterlogged Minto Bridge as heavy rains lashed parts of the national capital.
According to the PWD, for coordination work and prevention of waterlogging under the Minto Bridge, officials can require services from the local body concerned and Delhi Police. Regular coordination work should be made at the local level and if need arises, the situation can be escalated at the level of the PWD Minister and the principal secretary, an official said.