NEW DELHI: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday directed all the Heads of Departments responsible for desilting of drains and roads to make all necessary arrangements to ensure that all water-logging complaints are resolved within 30 minutes. Reviewing the preparations for prevention of water logging with the onset of Monsoon, in a meeting with his cabinet colleagues, Chief Secretary, Principal Secretaries of PWD, Irrigation & Flood Control, Urban Development, Divisional Commissioner, Commissioners of three Municipal Corporations and other senior officers, the Chief Minister expressed displeasure at the incomplete status reports on desilting and prevention of water-logging. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsThe Chief Minister directed all the HoDs to submit complete lists by Saturday morning and to be prepared to deal with the situation since the rainy season has now set in. The Chief Minister directed the PWD to make public by Monday the status of desilting of drains and roads of all land owning agencies in their respective jurisdictions. The Chief Kejriwal directed all agencies to maintain a high level of coordination and not quabble about the jurisdictional issues to pass the buck. The PWD has been directed to make the people of Delhi aware about a toll-free telephone helpline number and a Whatsapp number immediately on which the people can send their water logging related complaints. All complaints must be resolved within 30 minutes of being received by pumping out water. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderDelhi Traffic Police has provided a list of 277 points where waterlogging takes place, of which 157 have been declared to be critical, all these points have been shared with the respective agencies. PWD and other agencies have informed that they are ready with pumps to remove the water from waterlogging points. The Chief Minister directed the officers to ensure that the public does not face any inconvenience due to waterlogging and its related issues.
Kesariya referral hospital medical officer P. Ojha, who is treating Somruna, a police officer in Sri Lanka, claimed that he was out of danger as he had sustained only 10 per cent burn injuries on his head.The three staff members of the bus are also safe. The tourist bus (registration number UP 65BT 4877) was hired by the group from Gaya and after their pilgrimage to Vaishali, Kesariya and Kushinagar, they were to take a flight from Varanasi on Tuesday, said Kesariya police station house officer Santosh Kumar. Indian media reports said that sixteen tourists from Sri Lanka had a near escape after the bus they had been travelling in was reduced to ashes in Kesariya.According to witnesses, one tourist, R.M. Somruna (50), who is also the team leader, sustained partial burn injuries. The incident has taken place yesterday while the tourists were busy climbing the Kesariya Stupa, the tallest such Buddhist stupa in the world. The Telegraph in India reported that the bus — parked outside the main entrance to the archaeological site — suddenly caught fire. Although the cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained, a rough estimate has put the loss to be worth $1 million as personal belongings like suitcases, bags, passports and visa documents were charred completely. He added that it was first such incident near the stupa site, about 45km southwest from here and 110km northeast from Patna.The fire was brought under control only after two fire tenders from Chakia and Motipur reached the spot.SHO Kumar said arrangements for a safe stay of the visitors have been made at the local tourist rest house and a suitable vehicle would also be arranged by early tomorrow morning enabling them to reach Varanasi in time.