New Delhi: All schools, colleges, and Non-essential Govt Offices were shut till Sunday amid the rising flood-like situation in the national capital, said Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, following the DDMA meeting chaired by Lieutenant Governor Vnai Kumar Saxena on Thursday. However, the private offices are advised to facilitate Work from Home (WFH).
The emergency DDMA meeting was chaired by LG to review the flooding situation in the national capital during which several senior dignitaries including CM Kejriwal, Vice-Chairperson DDMA, and Revenue Minister, Atishi were present.
According to the statement released by the LG office, during the meeting, several decisions were taken to tackle the flood-like situation in the city including shifting the evacuated people to neighbouring Government school buildings.
Apart from this, sufficient food, drinking water, medical aid and mobile toilets to be ensured at relief camps. Schools and colleges/universities and non-essential government offices across Delhi are to remain closed till Sunday, July 16, 2023. Private establishments/offices are to be advised to work from home, where the decisions are taken.
“Furthermore, the other decisions are Interstate buses coming to ISBT, Kashmere Gate to be stopped at Singhu Border – DTC buses to be provided to ferry passengers. Additional provisioning of personnel to be done for traffic management in affected areas. Borders at Chilla, Loni and Badarpur are to be restricted for entry of only those heavy vehicles carrying essential goods. Business / commercial establishments in and around Kashmere Gate are to be asked to close till the situation improves,” the statement said.
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The LG said that the precautionary/proactive relief and preventive measures are to be undertaken in areas like Sonia Vihar, Mukherjee Nagar, Haqeeqat Nagar, etc., susceptible to flooding. Additionally, 12 NDRF teams are operational in the city, other teams are already in place, to help in the relief and rescue measures at sites prone to flooding. Concerned DMs / DCPs to ensure action accordingly,” it informed.
“Informing about the water supply shortage in the city, Saxena said that rationalization of water supply in Delhi, in light of the closing down of WTPs at Wazirabad, Chandrawal and Okhla to ensure drinking water supply. Health infrastructure in the city to remain alert to any eventuality and ensure preparedness to handle the situation once the water recedes,” The LG office added.
Meanwhile, the water level in the Yamuna River breached its highest ever with 208.62 meters resulting in a flood-like situation in Delhi and halting day-to-day activities.