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Delhi Aug 20 Updates: Delhi govt instructs excise dept to issue permits to hotels, restaurants to serve liquor

Earlier in the day, the weather body had cautioned against "major traffic disruption" and "increased chance" of road accidents due to heavy water logging.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: August 21, 2020 1:22:35 pm
delhi coronavirus, delhi coronavirus update, delhi covid 19 update, delhi covid cases, delhi health dept, delhi news, Delhi government, indian expressOn Monday, the city reported 2,077 fresh cases of Covid-19 and 32 deaths in the last 24 hours.

A day after the DDMA gave its approval for opening of hotels and restaurants in Delhi, the government Thursday asked its Excise department to issue necessary permits to them to serve liquor. The hotels and restaurants in the city were closed due to the coronavirus-triggered lockdown since March. In a note to the excise commissioner, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia instructed the department to issue necessary permission to serve liquor in the restaurants and clubs by licensees at the table and in hotel rooms.

On Thursday, thenational capital recorded 1,215 new coronavirus cases, taking the caseload in the city to 1.57 lakh, while the toll from the disease mounted to 4,257, latest update shared by the authorities said. Twenty-two fatalities have been recorded in the last 24 hours.

Earlier in the day, the weather body had cautioned against “major traffic disruption” and “increased chance” of road accidents due to heavy water logging. The Safdarjung Observatory, which provides representative figures for the city, recorded 46 mm rainfall between 8:30 am on Wednesday and 8:30 am on Thursday, PTI reported.

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Delhi Coronavirus, Weather Updates: Over 1.56 lakh Covid cases, death toll at 4,235; severe water-logging in Delhi-NCR, IMD says intensity of downpour to reduce from Friday. Get latest updates here.

21:44 (IST)20 Aug 2020
Heavy rains in Delhi led to waterlogging at nearly 50 locations: MCD

Heavy rains in the national capital on Thursday led to waterlogging at nearly 50 locations while parts of buildings collapsed due to it at some places, according to municipal reports. Rains lashed several parts of the national capital on Thursday throwing traffic out of gear on many streets. According to a monsoon report release by the North Delhi Municipal Corporation, in north Delhi, the rains led to waterlogging at 25 different locations, including Burari, Rohini, Civil Lines, West Patel Nagar, Daryaganj, Nangloi and Paschim Vihar. (PTI)

19:48 (IST)20 Aug 2020
Delhi govt instructs excise dept to issue permits to hotels, restaurants to serve liquor

A day after the DDMA gave its approval for opening of hotels and restaurants in Delhi, the government Thursday asked its Excise department to issue necessary permits to them to serve liquor. The hotels and restaurants in the city were closed due to the coronavirus-triggered lockdown since March. In a note to the excise commissioner, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia instructed the department to issue necessary permission to serve liquor in the restaurants and clubs by licensees at the table and in hotel rooms.

18:07 (IST)20 Aug 2020
Delhi has conducted over 13 lakh Covid tests so far

6,010 RTPCR/CBNAAT/TrueNat tests and 10,994 Rapid antigen tests conducted today. So far, 13,75,193 tests have been conducted so far & Tests Per Million (TPM) stands at 72378, Delhi Health Department said.

16:31 (IST)20 Aug 2020
Delhi Traffic Police busy clearing traffic after heavy rains hampered traffic movement

The Delhi Traffic Police remained busy clearing traffic on Narela-Bawana road, Raja Garden flyover, Kasturba Underpass, MB Rad, Jhandewalan Mandir, Jhilmil underpass, Azadpur vegetable market, Sarai Pipal Thala, Jahangirpuri, Madanpur Khadar among other places.

15:50 (IST)20 Aug 2020
Delhi received 80% of season's rainfall in 11 days: Hardeep Singh Puri

Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said, "Delhi received 80% of the season's rainfall in 11 days. I urge all our partners-Delhi govt, urban local bodies & others to learn from experiences year after year. I'm confident we can solve problems of common man."

15:11 (IST)20 Aug 2020
COVID-19: Antibodies found in 29 pc people in Delhi in August sero survey

Antibodies against coronavirus have been detected in 29.1 per cent of people in the latest sero-prevalence survey in Delhi, Health Minister Satyendar Jain said Thursday. Talking to reporters, he said, 15,000 representative samples were taken during the August 1-7 survey from 11 districts, and the next exercise will begin from September 1. "In the previous survey, it was found that over 22 per cent people had developed antibodies. Now, the August survey shows it is 29.1 per cent, meaning they had got infected and recovered," PTI quoted Jain as saying.

14:52 (IST)20 Aug 2020
Delhi cops warn against traffic along Rohatak road

"Traffic is heavy on Rohatak Road from Punjabi Bagh to Mundka due to water logging and ongoing work by PWD at Rajdhani Park, Nangloi, and Mundka. Kindly take alternate route," the Delhi Traffic Police department posted on Twitter.

14:18 (IST)20 Aug 2020
Another spell of moderate rain from August 25: IMD

Kuldeep Srivastava, the head of the India Meteorological Department's regional forecasting centre, said moderate rains will continue till Friday morning. Thereafter, the intensity will decrease and the city will witness on and off light rains. Another spell of moderate rain will begin from August 25, Srivastava was quoted as saying by news agency PTI.

13:57 (IST)20 Aug 2020
Traffic thrown out of gear due to waterlogging, potholes

The Delhi Traffic Police today posted several alerts on Twitter to inform commuters about waterlogged roads. "M B Road traffic movement closed from Mathura Road, due to water logging under Pul Pehlad Pur. Obstruction in traffic in the carriageway from Satyam towards Kasturba Underpass, Maharaja Surajmal Marg due to water logging at Jhilmil," the Delhi Traffic Police tweeted. Traffic on Ring Road-Bhairon Road was affected due to potholes and traffic going from Ring Road towards Bhairon Road was affected due to the bottle-neck route, it said. Many residents shared videos and pictures of vehicles plying through waterlogged roads on social media. Traffic was also affected as trees fell down in many places in the city. "Traffic movement has been closed on Rajpur Road from both side due to a tree fallen near PS Civil Line. "A tree has fallen near the railway gate on Narela-Bawana road due to which traffic is affected," it tweeted.

13:40 (IST)20 Aug 2020
Continuous rains submerge swatches of Delhi-NCR

According to PTI, the Ayanagar weather station recorded 122.8 mm between 8.30 am on Wednesday and 8.30 am on Thursday, which was 11 times the normal rainfall. On an average, the city gauges 11.3 mm rainfall from 8.30 am on August 19 to 8.30 am on August 20 every year. The Safdarjung Observatory, which provides representative figures for the city, recorded 54.8 mm rainfall. The Palam, Lodhi Road and Ridge weather stations gauged 89.1 mm, 62.4 and 77.3 mm precipitation during the period. Rainfall recorded below 15 mm is considered light, between 15 and 64.5 mm is moderate and above 64.5 mm is heavy.

13:10 (IST)20 Aug 2020
Downpour reduces rain deficiency in national capital

Kuldeep Srivastava,the head of regional forecasting center of the IMD, said the axis of monsoon will remain close to the national capital till Thursday. Southwesterly winds from the Arabian Sea and southeasterly winds from the Bay of Bengal are also feeding moisture to the region, he said. The downpour also reduced the rain deficiency in the capital -- from 13 percent on Monday to 11 percent on Wednesday. The Safdarjung Observatory has recorded 147.4 mm rainfall against the normal of 165.2 mm in August so far. Overall, it has recorded 466 mm rainfall, six per cent more than the normal of 441.3 mm since June 1 when the monsoon season starts.

12:49 (IST)20 Aug 2020
Watch: Severe water-logging at Delhi-Jaipur Expressway
12:29 (IST)20 Aug 2020
Heavy downpour halts vehicular movement

The Delhi Traffic Police remained busy clearing traffic on Narela-Bawana road, Raja Garden flyover, Kasturba Underpass, MB Rad, Jhandewalan Mandir, Jhilmil underpass, Azadpur vegetable market, Sarai Pipal Thala, Jahangirpuri, Madanpur Khadar among other places. The rains also crippled electricity supply in many areas.

12:23 (IST)20 Aug 2020
Sero-prevalence of antibodies 28.3% in males, 32.3% in females: Delhi health minister

Jain added: "The prevalence of antibodies found in sero-survey showed that the antibodies were present in 29% of the people in the northeast district, 27% in the south, 33% in the southeast and 24% in New Delhi. There was also an increase of 6% to 50% among people in various districts compared to the b earlier survey. The sero-prevalence of antibodies was found in 28.3% of the males while 32.2% of the female population. As many as 15,000 people were participated in the survey." 

11:50 (IST)20 Aug 2020
Antibodies against Covid found in 29 per cent of sampled people Delhi: Jain

The second serological survey which was conducted between August 1 and 7 showed that 29.1% of people in Delhi have developed antibodies against the virus, Health Minister Satyender Jain announced on Thursday. A total of 15,000 samples were collected during the survey, he added.

11:25 (IST)20 Aug 2020
Gurgaon: Portion of road caves in near IFFCO Chowk due to heavy downpour

A portion of a road near Gurgaon's IFFCO Chowk caved in, following heavy rainfall in the region, on Thursday.

10:57 (IST)20 Aug 2020
Travel only if necessary: Gurgaon Police

Gurgaon Police took to Twitter to caution citizens against water-logging and avoid such routes for commutation. It also urged commuters to travel only if necessary.

10:51 (IST)20 Aug 2020
#Replug: Hotels to reopen in Delhi, no nod for gyms yet

Hotels in the Capital can finally reopen, with the Delhi government and Lt-Governor Anil Baijal’s office resolving their differences on the issue during a meeting of the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) on Wednesday. A decision was also taken to delink banquet halls from hospitals and allow weekly markets “on a trial basis”, officials from the L-G house said. The Chief Minister’s Office said gyms will remain shut as of now. “The corona situation in Delhi is much better. The economy of Delhi has to be brought on track. For this, we had proposed opening all hotels in Delhi, which was rejected by the Central government. We again requested the Central government, and we are happy that the proposal has been approved. Now, all hotels in Delhi will open. At the same time, weekly markets will be allowed to open on a trial basis. In the meantime, everyone must exercise precautions and follow social distancing,” Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said.

10:43 (IST)20 Aug 2020
Part of school wall collapses on cars, owners complain

Seven cars in Saket’s J Block were damaged when a portion of the Apeejay School wall fell on them, ostensibly due to heavy rain, early Wednesday morning. Alleging negligence by school authorities and demanding compensation for their losses, the car owners filed a police complaint. DCP (South) Atul Kumar Thakur said, “The wall collapsed, allegedly due to rain. An FIR under IPC section 427 (mischief causing damage) has been filed after a complaint was received by owners whose vehicles were damaged. The matter is being investigated.” The school management denied the allegations. “We have constructed the walls as per government directive for Delhi schools. After the 9/11 attack in the US, the government thought it is better to raise the boundary of schools with barbed wires so miscreants and terrorists don’t enter. We’re investigating but there is no issue as such,” said a school official, adding that the incident was caused as it “has been raining for the past three days”.

10:24 (IST)20 Aug 2020
Watch: Roof of house collapses due to incessant rain, 3 injured

Three members of a family were injured after the roof of their house collapsed, ostensibly due to heavy rain, in Outer Delhi’s Paschim Vihar on Thursday morning. One of them sustained a head injury while the remaining are recuperating in Sanjay Gandhi hospital.

Delhi rains, Weather LIVE: Incessant rains in the national capital led to waterlogging in many areas and affected traffic movement on key roads during morning rush hours, causing severe inconvenience to commuters. (File)

Delhi rains, Weather Today LIVE Updates: The weather was pleasant in the national capital on Wednesday morning. The Safdarjung Observatory, which provides representative figures for the city, has recorded 139.2 mm rainfall against the normal of 157.1 mm in August so far, a deficiency of 11 per cent. Overall, it has recorded 457.8 mm rainfall, six per cent more than the normal of 433.2 mm since June 1 when the monsoon season starts.

Wednesday's heavy rains led to waterlogging in some areas and key stretches of major roads in the city.

Meanwhile, a key industry wing under the Delhi government has got a series of orders approved by Lt-Governor Anil Baijal to help businesses in the city cushion the impact of losses due to COVID-19. The orders issued by the Delhi State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation Ltd (DSIIDC) offer a complete waiving of annual maintenance charges for industries functioning out of designated industrial townships, and one-time amnesty on interest on lease rent dues, among others.

The orders were issued on August 14 following the L-G’s approval.

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