Delhi floods and the art of sleeping at the wheel

Even as the national capital continues to be battered by heavy rains year after year, long-term efforts to chart out a drainage plan remain too little, too late.

How was the past fortnight for you? The answer would depend on where you were. It would be the same if you were in Himachal Pradesh, Punjab or the eastern suburbs of Delhi: stuck in floods. If you weren’t in these places, like me, your answer would probably be: stuck to the screen, watching videos of the floods. The footage was worse than that from the Uttarakhand floods of 2013; the Himalayan rivers seemed angrier and heavier with mud. 

That anger was shared by almost everyone else, and for good reason. No lessons seem to have been learnt in the …


Nihar Gokhale

Nihar Gokhale led the Chaos coverage at The Morning Context. Nihar wrote on the environment, the economy and resource conflicts in India. He has reported from across the country on everything from displacement, pollution and environmental violations to land regulation, corruption and human rights. He was earlier associate editor at Land Conflict Watch, and his work has appeared in Scroll, The Wire, IndiaSpend, The Caravan and Mongabay India.

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