Even as the water level in Yamuna is expected to hit a five-year-high of 206.6m on Tuesday, complaints continued to pour in on Monday that several people, living in shanties in the low-lying areas of the river’s flood plains, were yet to receive any relief. Dozens were found to be living on roads in makeshift shelters.
Delhi’s chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday morning directed state revenue minister Kailash Gahlot to visit the affected areas and make additional arrangements for the affected people.
“Directed Kailash Gehlot ji, minister-in-charge, to visit the area along with all officers and ensure proper arrangements (sic),” Kejriwal tweeted in the morning.
Soon after Gahlot reached the low-lying areas with senior officials from the district administration and revenue department, complaints started pouring in.Kamal Singh, a slum dweller living in the floodplains near Gandhi Nagar market, alleged: “The water level is rising. Yet till now we have not received any help from the government. What made the situation worse was that the power supply was disconnected for a long time on Sunday night.”“While those who were not yet affected by the rising water have been brought to government shelters, we are yet to receive any help despite the floodwater reaching our doorsteps. There are no tents for us to move into,” said an elderly woman who did not wish to be identified.
After hearing the complaints, Gahlot said: