Dwarka: Hanging boards, tin sheds expose unreadiness ahead of storm

Photo: Akhilesh Pandey
Posted: May 08, 2018

The authorities in Dwarka seem to have still not woken up to the thunderstorm alert issued by India Meteorological Department (IMD). Hanging boards and tin sheds can still be spotted at many places across Dwarka.

Hanging boards and tin sheds caused a lot of havoc when the previous thunderstorm hit the city around a month back. Although the intensity of thunderstorm was less, it caused a lot of troubles. And, it makes us wonder what repercussion they will have when predicted severe thunderstorm will hit the area.

While sounding thunderstorm alert, the IMD had also issued advisories to people to take precautions and be prepared.

But, looking at the condition in the markets and the residential areas, one can say that the preparations are not enough and the hanging boards and erected tin sheets could prove fatal for the people during the thunderstorm.

President of Dwarka Forum, Rejimon CK said, “Civic bodies like Municipal Corporation must ensure that no hanging boards are there. Such things must have been removed so that there could not be fatality during the thunderstorm. This is sad that despite knowing the seriousness of the prediction of the storm they did not take it seriously. The SDM office must act with the support of civic bodies.”

During the storm which came almost a month back, the situation looked dangerous when tin sheets from the MLU (Mixed Land Use) markets flew in the air and fell down in the societies adjacent to the market areas. RWAs of those societies adjacent to the markets raised the issue to the corporation and the local administration.

President of the society, Ved Prakash said, “The storm happened at night which was very dangerous as nothing was visible. We called police looking at the seriousness. The sheds were cleaned by the corporation people next day. But, despite knowing these things, the administration and the civic bodies did nothing as precautionary measures. At least, they should have ensured that no such tin sheds or boards are there.”

Residents are raising the subject on social media and the Whatsapp groups of the area. But, there is no response from the authority’s people and nothing has been done in this regard.

On the other hand, dead and inclined trees are posing a danger to the people in Dwarka as well. Hundreds of dead and rotten trees are standing aside the roads and also on the middle of the roads at central verge.

Many trees, which are alive and are at acute angle, can fall during the storm. Hundreds of such trees fell during the last storm. Some of them fell down on the vehicles standing on roadsides causing serious damages. The Delhi Development Authority (DDA) and the Forest Department did nothing to remove such dangerously inclined trees and dead trees.

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