New Delhi, July 23 -- It's Wednesday evening, and the traffic on the two carriageways under Minto Bridge is smooth. A couple of men are sleeping under it on the footpaths, undisturbed by the vehicles going past them -- there's nothing at all to show that this is the place, where, on Sunday, a mini-truck driver drowned in the waterlogged rail underpass. Even earlier in the day, the carriageways were closed for an hour. For almost seven decades, Minto Bridge - a large segmental arch spanning the width of the road - gets flooded during the monsoon, becoming a metaphor for eternal civic apathy.

But Minto Bridge is not just Delhi's flooding yardstick - it has many other stories to tell.

AK Jain, an architect and former commissioner (planning) ...