NEARLY 500 residents of CP Shekhar Nagar slums adjoining Khan river were evacuated as a precautionary measure after heavy overnight rains partially inundated 50 dwellings.
The evacuees have been shifted to Gautam Nagar Government school and Mangal Sadan in Aada Bazaar. Rescue teams consisting of home guards armed with life jackets and nylon ropes have been deployed at the site to prevent any untoward incident.
Last night’s downpour caused a majority of the nullahs to overflow inundating scores of low-lying areas in various parts of the City.
Incessant rains threw normal life completely out of gear with bus services to many areas being disrupted resulting in large-scale absenteeism, particularly in schools and colleges.
Water logging was particularly severe in Veer Savarkar Nagar near Juni Indore railway crossing, Govind Nagar, Dheeraj Nagar and Patel Nagar on the Khajrana stretch of Ring Road with knee-deep water collecting in all these areas.
Dozens of residences in Ramkrishna Bagh Colony, Yashoda Nagar, Patel Nagar, Yashoda Nagar as well as commercial establishments at Chhappan Dukaan were flooded as a result of the rains.
Flooding reports also came in from Kalyan Mill area, Vikas Nagar, Tapu Nagar, Amar Tekri and Goma ki Fel localities. Bus services to Lav Kush Vihar and nearby areas were disrupted leaving hundreds of commuters stranded after roads became waterlogged as the Sukhliya nullah overflowed.
In all nearly 3 inches of rainfall was recorded during the night. By morning, the unabated downpour looked set to put the Khan river in spate threatening the slum settlements that ring the natural storm water drain.
Unwilling to take a chance the district administration moved in and CP Shekhar Nagar inhabitants were moved out. Officials, however, downplayed the extent of the evacuation. “Only 40 families have been temporarily shifted out from Shekhar Nagar and they will be allowed to return as soon as the rains ease up”, said SDM Umashankar Bhargava.
Meanwhile, flooding reports streamed in from all parts of the City. In low-lying areas it was a common sight to see residents carrying valued possessions-a sewing machine here, a juicer there, on their heads to get them to safety.
More than half-a-dozen localities near Velocity Cinema were inundated allegedly because storm water drains were blocked by the boundary wall of a newly built colony.
With no exit routes the rainwater swirled around finally making its way to dozens of residences in Ramkrishna Bagh Colony, Yashoda Nagar, Patel Nagar, Yashoda Nagar.
Traffic threatened in several areas
MOST OF the small culverts built over the Khan and Saraswati rivers (actually, storm water drains) were submerged by Wednesday night’s torrential downpour. Nullahs at Chandrabhaga, Navlakha, Sanjay Setu, Krishnapura, Polo Ground and Juni Indore had almost reached road levels threatening to bring traffic in many areas of the City to a virtual standstill if the rains continue.
IMC’s failure: Lalwani
IMC Speaker Shankar Lalwani today publicly criticise the IMC administration for failing to heed warnings about inundation of brick-kiln pits in the Banganga area. During a tour of the area Lalwani complained he had written to Municipal Commissioner Vinod Sharma several times to ensure evacuation of the labourers who lived there but his pleas were ignored. Mayor-in-Council member incharge of Waterworks Munnalal Yadav also groused about ineffective de-logging operations in his constituency during a tour of Sukhlia.