Many, including mediapersons, are flocking to Old Yamuna Bridge, which has been made out of bounds for traffic in the wake of a flood warning.
New Delhi: Every year during the monsoon, the Yamuna banks in the national capital turn into ‘tourist spots’, with onlookers flocking there to click pictures of families being evacuated from the flooded riverbed.
This season has been no different. Authorities had announced that the river crossed the danger mark of 204 m as on 28 July, issuing warnings to people to move out of the low-lying areas. The water level touched 206.03 m Tuesday morning.
Although dozens of families of farmers, cattle grazers, labourers who live illegally on the floodplains are shifting to higher grounds now, they are likely to return to the same area once the floodwaters recede, say locals.
“This happens every year. The water increases a bit and then recedes. We don’t want to move out but we have no other option. We are used to this yearly ritual,” says Gayatri, who lives with her family near the Old Yamuna Bridge (Loha Pul) that has been made out of bounds for traffic in the wake of the flood warning.
Built more than a century ago, the bridge has become a favourite spot for mediapersons and citizens to get a view of the Yamuna in full spate.
For the flood-affected, this sudden media glare does not come as a surprise. They claim this happens every year during the monsoon.
Even the police find it difficult to control the onlookers who sometimes put themselves in danger while trying to click pictures or selfies.
Political parties, with their usual blame game, are also an integral part of this annual ritual. Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal has already tweeted explaining how his government is working to helping these people.
Directed Kailash Gehlot ji, Minister-in-charge, to visit the area alongwith all officers and ensure proper arrangements. https://t.co/baelUjCsJT
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) July 30, 2018
Union minister Harsh Vardhan, on the other hand, has lambasted the “insensitive” AAP government, saying, “As the river is rising above danger mark due to incessant rains, no advance planning in place, not enough shelter for people caught up in flood waters”. (sic)
People along the #Yamuna in Delhi are at the mercy of an insensitive government. As the river is rising above danger mark due to incessant rains, no advance planning in place, not enough shelter for people caught up in flood waters. @BJP4Delhi, @BJP4India pic.twitter.com/PNEnU3U3qT
— Dr. Harsh Vardhan (@drharshvardhan) July 30, 2018
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