Delhi on High Alert: Measures in Place to Prevent Waterlogging During G20 Event

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In preparation for the G20 event set to occur in September, the central government has been actively implementing measures to mitigate the repercussions of heavy rainfall. Their focus is on preventing potential after-effects in New Delhi.

Near Pragati Maidan, vehicles navigate through a tunnel that has been waterlogged. (Photo: PTI)

The central government is on high alert as heavy rains have caused floodwater to submerge the Pragati Maidan tunnel, leading to waterlogging around the convention center, where the G20 summit is scheduled for September in New Delhi.

To address the potential risks of waterlogging, the government is taking several measures. They are ensuring proper drainage along the roads and sealing surrounding areas to prevent leakages. A mock drill is also being conducted to test for seepages and prevent water from reaching the sitting area of delegates.

The New Delhi Municipal Committee (NDMC) and India Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO) are actively addressing drainage issues in the Pragati Maidan area. PK Mishra, the Principal Secretary to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and leader of the Coordination Committee of the G20 Presidency, is overseeing the preparations and reviewing all aspects related to protocol, security, airport coordination, media, infrastructure upgrades, and arrangements in Delhi and neighboring states.

The committee is emphasizing collaboration among all agencies involved, working together with a holistic view to ensure a successful G20 summit. All aspects, including the venue facade, services like parking, accessibility, and technology, are being meticulously considered.

Since India assumed the G20 Presidency from Indonesia in December 2022, preparations have been in full swing, with the theme “One Earth One Family One Future,” reflecting India’s belief in the concept of “Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam” or “The World is One Family.” The government remains committed to completing all necessary work on time and providing regular progress updates to the G20 Secretariat.

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