13 Jul 2023

Delhi Flood Situation Grim; Residents May Face Drinking Water Shortage; Entry Of Heavy Vehicles From Outside Stopped

New Delhi: The Delhi flood situation has worsened. Water came on the roads in many areas. Metro and bus services have been affected. Metro is running slow. The cremation grounds have to be closed. Now people living in Delhi may have to face drinking water crisis in the midst of flood crisis. More areas have been inundated.

The water level in Yamuna was 208.62 metres at 1 pm today as Hathnikund barrage in Haryana continues to release water into the river. The current water level is three metres above the danger mark.

Massive traffic jams

Waterlogging has disrupted traffic movement on several roads, including in parts of the arterial Outer Ring Road. Traffic has been diverted to alternate routes, leading to massive traffic jams. Civil Lines area has also been inundated. This is considered as the VVIP area of the city. This is the area where the Chief Minister of Delhi has an official residence, along with it the official residence of the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi is also here.

Flood water has entered many houses. Bela Road near Ring Road has been completely submerged in water. People are very upset because the administration did not issue any kind of alert here. Yamuna Bazar, Majnu Ka Tila, Nigam Bodh Ghat, Monastery Market, Wazirabad, Geeta Colony and Shahdara area are the most affected areas.

Flood-like situation prevails in Khadar area. Rescue operation is on. So far around 500 people have been rescued in this area.

There is an atmosphere of chaos as flood water entered Yamuna Market. A grocery shop owner said the water came suddenly, due to which he could not even vacate the shop. No help from the administration has yet reached the area. Due to this people are dealing with the flood from their own level.

Schools, colleges closed

All schools and colleges in Delhi have been closed till Sunday. On the other hand, Yamuna water has reached Kashmi Gate bus stand. In low-lying areas people could be seen wading through knee-deep waters to reach safer places.

The government said in an advisory that people from outside states should not enter Delhi. Entry of heavy vehicles has been banned. People have also been appealed to stay at home.

Entry of heavy vehicles banned

Entry of heavy vehicles into Delhi has been banned from Singhu, Badarpur, Loni and Chilla borders in view of the rising water level. Buses coming from Haryana, Himachal, Chandigarh, Jammu-Kashmir, Uttarakhand will be stopped at Singhu border only. There will be no restriction on vehicles with essential services.

2,700 relief camps set up

The Central Water Commission fears that most areas will be submerged when the water level reaches 209 metres. 12 teams of NDRF have been deployed here. 2,700 relief camps have been set up.

More than 16,000 people have been evacuated from the low-lying areas situated on the banks of Yamuna river and taken to safer places.

3 water treatment plants shut down

Wazirabad, Chandrawal and Okhla water treatment plants were shut down, which could affect the water supply in the national capital. CM Arvind Kejriwal has tweeted that due to rising water level in Yamuna, water treatment plants have to be closed. Due to this there will be water problem in some areas of Delhi. As soon as the Yamuna water recedes, we will try to start them as soon as possible. CM Kejriwal himself reached the Wazirabad Water Treatment Plant at 11 am today to take stock of the situation. He said that people may face water problem for 1-2 days.

CM Kejriwal has said that the level of Yamuna in Delhi is very high. It was never thought that water would reach this level. Three of our water plants have shut down because water has entered the machines inside the plants. The machines will be dried when the water is low. If switched on with electricity, current can come. Due to this, 25 percent water supply in Delhi will be reduced. This is too much. There can be a lot of water shortage in Delhi for 1-2 days.

40 lakh people may face water shortage

Close to 40 lakh people can be affected by the closure of the Wazirabad and Chandrawal plants. These people are mostly from Central and Old Delhi. It is understood that due to the closure of these plants, there will be shortage of water in Indralok, Shastri Nagar, Azad Market, New Rohtak Road, Bapa Nagar, Dev Nagar, Model Basti, Jhandewalan Extension, Jama Masjid, Chandni Chowk, Daryaganj and surrounding areas. Some hospitals may also be affected.

Delhi Traffic Police has changed the routes due to water-logging in many areas. Water has filled outside the Yamuna Bank Metro station.

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