New Delhi: Providing a big relief to Delhities, Delhi Chief Minster Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday informed that the Chandrawal water treatment plant (WTP) in the national capital has resumed operations which was stopped amid flooding in the city.
The water level in the Yamuna River dropped to 206.03 Sunday morning. On July 13, the Chandrawal water treatment plant, along with the Wazirabad and Okhla plants, was forced to close as floodwaters entered the pumping stations. This unfortunate development has led to the temporary shutdown of these crucial water treatment facilities.
Chandrawal water treatment plant has also started.
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Taking the matter to Twitter, Kejriwal tweeted, “Chandrawal water treatment plant has also started.”
This will restore water supply to the tune of 105 MGD in assemblies falling in central Delhi namely rajender nagar, karolbagh, ballimaran, Chandni chowk, Patel nagar, palam vihar, Delhi Cantt and also in NDMC areas. Water supply from this area had got disrupted because its raw… https://t.co/P8gPLZL0sX
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However, Vice-Chairman of Delhi Jal Board, Somnath Bharti in a tweet wrote, “This will restore water supply to the tune of 105 MGD in assemblies falling in central Delhi namely rajender nagar, karolbagh, ballimaran, Chandni chowk, Patel nagar, palam vihar, Delhi Cantt and also in NDMC areas. Water supply from this area had got disrupted because its raw water supply pump house, which is in Wazirabad WTP, had got flooded on 13.07.2023.”
However, fresh showers in the national capital have resulted in key arterial roads and nearby areas experiencing waterlogging, leading to traffic congestion. Additionally, the Yamuna River remains swollen, surpassing the danger mark and causing flooding in low-lying areas. The situation has sparked a blame game between the ruling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and the BJP.
As of Sunday morning, the water level of the Yamuna stood at 206.02 meters, but officials anticipate that it will decrease below the danger mark in the coming hours. In response to the crisis, teams from the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) conducted rescue operations near Pragati Maidan, assisting residents in the affected low-lying areas. Those rescued spent the night at a relief camp in Mayur Vihar.
Saturday witnessed heavy rainfall across various parts of Delhi, exacerbating the problem of waterlogging and causing major traffic disruptions along important routes. Efforts are underway to mitigate the situation and provide necessary relief to affected areas.