Yamuna water-level recedes, life coming back on track
The water level of the Yamuna River has receded from 208.6 metres to 205.9 metres, allowing life to gradually return to normalcy, said Delhi government.
Arvind Kejriwal acknowledged this positive development and expressed his gratitude to the agencies involved in managing the flood situation. In addition to this, the Chandrawal water treatment plant has been made operational today, following the successful resumption of the Okhla water treatment plant yesterday.
Kejriwal visited the Mori Gate flood relief camp. He assessed the situation to ensure effective relief measures for the affected individuals.
“In response to the floods that have affected the region, the government has taken proactive steps to offer immediate relief to those in need. At the relief camp, established in a school at Mori Gate, essential arrangements including food, water, toilets, and accommodation have been put in place to support the affected individuals,” said the CM.
Kejriwal personally oversaw the arrangements and expressed his commitment to ensuring the well-being of the flood victims.
Recognising the loss faced by citizens, Kejriwal announced the establishment of special camps to assist individuals in recovering their essential documents, children’s books, clothes, and other belongings that may have been washed away during the flood.
Furthermore, Kejriwal announced Rs 10,000 each aid to those who have suffered losses due to the flood.
Kejriwal visited the flood relief camp at Mori Gate today to assess the situation and provide support to the victims affected by the recent floods in low-lying areas around Yamuna.
“The Delhi Government has taken swift action to set up multiple relief camps across the six affected districts, ensuring the availability of essential facilities for the affected individuals.”
Kejriwal emphasised the government’s commitment to assisting the victims. “We have established relief camps in various locations, primarily in schools and dharmashalas, to provide necessary amenities such as toilets and clean water,” stated the CM during his visit.
Speaking from a relief camp set up in a school, the CM acknowledged the challenges faced by the people of Yamuna bazaar, where the floodwaters caused significant damage and loss of belongings.
“Many individuals lost important documents, including Aadhar cards.” The CM assured them that special camps would be organised to facilitate the recovery of these essential documents.
He also highlighted the plight of children who lost their books and school uniforms due to the flooding. He assured the affected families that the government is actively working on providing replacements for these items at the earliest.
Kejriwal said efforts would be made to fill up “keechad” with dry soil to expedite the drying process. The government is exploring various means to provide ad hoc relief to the flood-affected individuals, including compensation for their losses. Specific details and announcements regarding this assistance will be made soon, the CM said.
Addressing a question regarding Yamuna bridge maintenance payments, Kejriwal clarified that the responsibility lies with the National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC), which is owned by the central government. He emphasised that the Delhi government has no involvement in this matter and suggested that any inquiries regarding the payment should be directed to NTPC.
The CM informed the press that pumps are being used to reduce the water level in the affected areas. The progress varies across different locations, but the water level has gradually decreased to 205.9 metres, with further receding expected in the coming days. He assured the public that life in Delhi will soon return to normalcy.
Kejriwal tweeted: “I personally visited a relief camp set up at a school located at Mori Gate to oversee the arrangements. Along with providing shelter for the affected people, arrangements for food, water, and toilets have been made. For those whose important documents and children’s books have been washed away in the floods, special camps will be set up later to provide them assistance, and arrangements will be made for books and clothes for the children. The government will soon announce assistance for those who have suffered significant losses. We are reaching out to the flood-affected people with all possible help.”
Meanwhile, the CM also tweeted to inform that the Chandrawal Water Treatment Plant has also been started. This will restore water supply to the tune of 105 MGD in assemblies falling in central Delhi namely Rajinder Nagar, Karol Bagh, 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.