As the Yamuna river flooded Delhi’s road and caused heavy traffic jams in several parts, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal has directed officials to seek the help of the Army and National Disaster Relief Force to get it fixed on an urgent basis. CM Kejriwal also inspected the area at Vikas Bhawan, ITO, where a drain regulator was damaged.
Arvind Kejriwal said in a Tweet that the breach has been the reason for the flood in the area. Kejriwal added engineers have been working the whole night. Following that, he has directed officials to seek the help of the Army and National Disaster Relief Force.
Delhi Cabinet Minister Saurabh Bhardwaj earlier said in a tweet that his team worked the whole night to fix the damage at the regulator of drain number 12 near the WHO building. But still, floodwater has been entering the city through this breach. He added that the Delhi government has directed the chief secretary to look into it on the highest priority.
The waters of Yamuna even reached the Supreme Court building, located in the Tilak Marg area in the central part of the city.
Later, CM Kejriwal explained the reason behind ITO and surrounding areas being flooded. He said the regulator of drain number 12 between the Indraprastha bus depot and the WHO building on Delhi’s Ring Road broke down around 7 pm yesterday. This resulted in backflow in the drain that carried water from central Delhi to Yamuna.
According to reports, loose electric wires in the ITO area, which has been barricaded from both sides to block vehicles. Pedestrians were getting electric shocks from the metal fence on the divider of the road, where they were directed to walk to avoid the flooded pavement. Authorities have cut the power supply to electric poles for now.
The flood waters entered several parts of the city earlier this week and severely disrupted normal life. Thousands of people have been evacuated and schools, colleges, and even water treatment plants remain shut.
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