Concerned about high underground water level in areas close to the Yamuna riverbed, Delhi government on Wednesday decided to chalk out a plan to drain out stagnant water.
Delhi urban development minister Ashok Kumar Walia said the officials of the departments of irrigation and flood control, Delhi Jal Board and Central Ground Water board have been told to jointly work to remove accumulated water and find a permanent solution to save buildings close to the riverbed.
Accumulation of water in the basement of the building at Lalita Park in Laxmi Nagar has been identified as one of the main reasons that lead to the collapse of the seven-storey structure on November 15 that left over 70 people dead.
"We must find a feasible solution to the problem. Otherwise a number of colonies which came up across Marginal Bund Road (Pushta Road) will continue to remain in danger," Walia said.
Walia, who is also an MLA from Laxmi Nagar constituency, took a round of the Yamuna riverbed accompanied by a number of senior officials of several agencies including DJB, DDA, PWD, MCD, flood and irrigation and CGWB.
Officials said although water level has receded in several areas, water accumulation has led to concerns about safety of several buildings in the area.
They said there were fears of recurrence of such an incident as basements of several buildings were damaged and cracks have become visible.
A suggestion to construct a small temporary drain to flush out water into river Yamuna was also discussed.