The Indore district administration on Saturday issued a high alert in the wake of incessant downpour flooding many low-lying areas and Met department’s forecast for a heavier spell ahead, officials said on Saturday.
District collector P Narahari said that necessary instructions had been issued to all government officers to stay alert in their areas to ensure immediate action if necessary.
Officials of the Indore municipal corporation (IMC), public works department (PWD) and home guards department remain in a state of preparedness with all the necessary equipment to carry out rescue operations if the need arose.
City mayor Malini Gaud has asked the officials to clear encroachments from nullahs which are blocking the flow of water.
“In case of excessive water-logging, be prepared to relocate people to safer areas,” she asked officials.
Municipal commissioner Manish Singh has issued similar orders to all the zonal officials and asked them to keep a 24-hour vigil in their areas and make efforts to avert any untoward developments arising out of flooding.
“We have formed special teams in each zone with adequate machinery to clear water-logging in their areas,”Singh said.
The low- lying areas such as Banganga, Sangam Nagar, Kushwaha Nagar, Gadda Basti, Ram Bagh colony and many areas adjoining Kahn and Saraswati rivers, and water bodies have put under high alert.
An IMC official said, “The rain spell is continuous but not very intense, so not much water logging is reported barring a few places.”
Many colonies and business areas in Banganga, Malganj, Biyabani, Lohar Patti, Gangwal bus stand, Malviya Nagar and many more areas become almost inaccessible due to water clogged roads and muddy streets.
The IMC control room kept buzzing with telephone rings as residents of various colonies complained about drainage problems in their areas.
A control room staff member of IMC informed that Ram Bagh Colony, Archana Nagar, Gadda Basti, New Govind Nagar, Khajrana Square, Vijay Nagar Square, Sadhana Nagar, New Sundar Nagar, New Siyaganj and many slum dwellings on the banks of Kahn and Saraswati rivers and colonies surrounding Sirpur lake have been affected.
If heavy rain continued, these areas would be the worst affected areas, he said.
Rains bring down mercury
Light to moderate rains which lashed the city on Saturday reduced the difference between maximum and minimum temperatures to 1.1 degrees Celsius.
Indore recorded maximum temperature of 24.1 degrees Celsius, which was seven degrees below normal. This was the season’s lowest day temperature, while the seven-degree fall was also the steepest. The minimum temperature at 23 degrees Celsius was normal.
Indore has received 181.7 milimetres of rains, so far. This includes 48.5 mm rains received from 8.30 am to 8.30 pm on Saturday
Moisture-laden winds blew from west for most part of the day, reaching a maximum speed of 20 km an hour. The day remained cloudy. Morning and evening humidity was recorded at 97% and 95%, respectively.