Delhi floods: Govt offices, schools, colleges shut till Sunday, WFH advised for private offices

- July 13, 2023
| By : Patriot Bureau |

The CM said around 25% of Delhi’s water supply is likely to be impacted by the temporary closure of three water treatment plants

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Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal held a meeting with the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) on Thursday to address the escalating water levels in the Yamuna river and the subsequent flooding in key areas of Delhi. Several crucial decisions were made during the meeting to tackle the situation.

CM Kejriwal announced that all schools, colleges, and government offices, except those providing essential services, would transition to a work-from-home arrangement. Private offices were also advised to implement work-from-home policies. This measure aims to ensure the safety of residents and minimize the impact of flooding.

Due to the rising water levels, three water treatment plants have been forced to shut down as the floodwater infiltrated the pumps and machinery. As a result, approximately 25% of Delhi’s water supply will be affected, potentially leading to water scarcity for a day or two, said CM.

CM Kejriwal expressed hope that the water supply would be restored by the following evening. The Yamuna River reached a record high of 208.6 meters, exacerbating the challenges faced by the city.

To mitigate the situation, the Delhi government has imposed a ban on heavy goods vehicles from entering Delhi through the Badarpur Border, Loni Border, and Chilla Border. Interstate buses originating from Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Chandigarh, Jammu and Kashmir, and Uttarakhand that terminate at ISBT Kashmere Gate will be redirected to Singh Border. No interstate buses will be permitted to enter the Kashmiri Gate ISBT, and shuttle bus services will be provided to commuters at the Singhu Border. CM Kejriwal clarified that heavy vehicles, except those providing essential services, would not be allowed to enter Delhi.

Addressing another concern, CM Kejriwal acknowledged issues related to toilets and bathrooms at the relief camps set up for affected residents. Consequently, the camps will be relocated to schools to ensure better facilities for those seeking shelter.

Meanwhile, the DDMA officials have instructed commercial establishments near Kashmir Gate to remain closed until Sunday, in order to maintain public safety during this critical period.