FEAR AND apprehension reigned in the Capital as heavy rains lashed the City through the night and throughout Thursday, causing fear of flooding in several low-lying areas. The Raja Bhoj Airport was also water logged.
Although intermittent – heavy rains in phases with dry intervals – had Patra nullah flowing at full level late at night and administration was apprehensive that some localities may be inundated overnight if heavy rains continued.
However, since some nullahs were cleaned up in the aftermath of August 13/14 rains, the situation more of less in control. No major damage or water-logging was reported during the day though some kutcha houses and walls in some localities including that of the archaeological monument Taj Mahal collapsed under the impact of rains.
Some of the roads and prone areas like the Habibganj underbridge was inundated, causing traffic disruptions. Power supply was disrupted in many localities causing problems.
Public announcements were also made in some localities while two of the localities- Damkheda and Pushpa Nagar were evacuated. First water logging was reported from these localities. Damkheda was severely affected after gates of Kaliasot Dam were opened after the August 13-14 rains.
At 9.30 pm, district collector S K Mishra and BMC officials visited Mahamai Ka Bagh and other localities as Patra nullah had reached its optimum level and there were fears that water could enter neighbouring localities any time, if rains continued.
Since morning people along Patra Nullah including Mahamai Ka Bagh, Dwarka Nagar, Rajendra Nagar, Kammo Ka Bagh, Bagh Dilkusha etc, who were the worst affected during the earlier rains, were in a constant state of fear.
People at Tila Jamalpura, Narialkheda, Antyodaya Nagar were also anxious as nullahs in these localities were running at the optimum level late in the evening.
There was water logging in many slums including Panchsheel Nagar, Shiv Nagar, Prabhu Nagar, Rajeev Nagar, Banganga, Sonia Colony etc and shanties dwellers in almost all localities faced problems.
The water level at Banganga nullah was at the danger mark affecting some shanties-dwellers. Water also entered some houses due to overflow of Panchsheel nullah.
A wall of the historic Taj Mahal and the wall of Benazir Gate also collapsed. A wall at Jahangiria School and Anand Nagar also collapsed. The BMC control room at Fatehgarh Fire Station received 135 complaints or requests to clear water or lift garbage.
BMC has pressed 13 JCB machines to clean nullahs and 26 dumpers to lift garbage. Five de-watering pumps were also used during today’s operation. BMC commissioner Manish Singh and additional commissioner Abhay Bedekar monitoring these works and a team of about 45 senior BMC officials was deployed in different areas.