Kejriwal takes stock of flood control measures

Kejriwal suggested that all departments and agencies respond to complaints of rain-related problems like waterlogging, in a coordinated manner, rather than in isolation. When the government agencies’ goal is same, all departments should join hands to handle the situation, he said.

PWD said 150 mobile pumps have bene installed to ensure removal of water and that it has stationed permanent pumps at low inclined areas. Kejriwal called for a long-term plan to resolve the issue, instead of installing pumps every year for de-watering.

He added that water is precious and residents should look for ways to conserve it.

Chief Minister advocated rainwater harvesting even as he asked the departments concerned to take steps to resolve rain-related problems.

Till Saturday, Delhi received 147.8 mm rainfall, the highest this season. The rains caused waterlogging in many areas, prompting the Delhi government to launch a helpline to register complaints on the matter.

“Citizens and (government) agencies should welcome rains, rather than having any fearing it,” Kejriwal said.

Deputy CM Manish Sisodia, Ministers Gopal Rai, Kapil Mishra and Asim Ahmed Khan were also present.

The Chief Minister reviewed the preparedness of the civic agencies and departments working on flood control measures. 

The issue of disposal of construction waste was also discussed. Kejriwal <g data-gr-id="38">stresed</g> on proper disposal of waste  material.

The Chief Minister said he was happy that the city has recorded 47 per cent rain till now (according to the normal rain curve) and the situation is better compared to the previous years. He added it meant that the evacuation system was working better this year.  

Presentations on flood control measures and preparedness were made by DDA, all three MCDs, NDMC, PWD, Irrigation and Flood Control Department. 

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