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Delhi News Highlights: Fire breaks out at a factory in outer Delhi’s Narela

Delhi News Today Highlights 16 May, Delhi Weather Today, Delhi Covid-19 Cases Updates, Delhi Heatwave Updates, Delhi Temperature News: It was 45.6 degrees Celsius which is the highest for this year on Sunday.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: May 16, 2022 10:46:09 pm
Atul Garg, DFS Chief, said a total of 14 fire tenders are now working at the spot. No casualties have been reported yet. (Express Photo)

Delhi Live Highlights: Fire broke out at a factory in outer Delhi’s Narela Monday night. Officials said that a group of labourers were trapped inside the factory. Police and fire services said they rescued the labourers in time.

According to the police, they received a call about the fire at 8.40 pm. Four fire tenders and police staff rushed to the spot. Brijendra Yadav, DCP (Outernorth) said, “ A man named Vivek runs the factory where PVC soles are made. Some chemicals are used in the process. At night, a fire broke out and smoke spread in the factory. There were 10 workers in the factory, they came out in time.”

A marginal dip in maximum temperature was observed in Delhi on Monday, along with cloudy sky. Safdarjung Observatory showed the maximum temperature to be at 42.4 degrees Celsius. It was 45.6 degrees Celsius which is the highest for this year on Sunday.

According to Delhi Jal Board (DJB), water production has fallen by 25 per cent at the Chandrawal, Wazirabad and Okhla water treatment plants (WTP) on Monday. The DJB has written to the Haryana Irrigation Department thrice from April 30 onwards. In response to the request for additional water, the DJB was informed that the city’s share of water is being released from Haryana, the official added.

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Delhi Mundka Fire Tragedy Live: Fire at Delhi's Narela; Delhi sees marginal dip in maximum temperature; 27 dead in West Delhi building fire; National Capital reels under intense heatwave; CM Arvind Kejriwal to chair meet on anti-encroachment drives. Follow this space for latest updates

22:13 (IST)16 May 2022
Fire at Delhi's Narela factory, no casualty

A fire broke out at a factory in outer Delhi’s Narela Monday night. Officials said that a group of labourers were trapped inside the factory. Police and fire services said they rescued the labourers in time.

21:57 (IST)16 May 2022
Mundka fire: For families of those still missing, an endless wait

Family members of many feared dead in the fire which broke out at a four-storey building in Mundka are yet to find closure. This is because four days later, they are yet to receive the remains of their loved ones pending a report from the Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL). Of 27, eight bodies have been identified so far.

Bharti Devi (42) was working in the canteen of the CCTV and router manufacturing company earning Rs 5,000-7,000 per month for the past two years. Her son Suraj, in his early 20s, spent the day pleading with officers at Mundka police station to expedite his mother’s forensic report. “They (authorities) say that it will take 10-15 days. I work at AIIMS and I know reports can be expedited. We can get peace of mind only after we conduct her final rites. How can we spend days without any answers?” Suraj said.

Madhu Devi (29) was working as a packer earning Rs 5,000-6,000 and had been employed for the past three years. A mother of two girls, she had promised to come home for dinner. Read more

20:43 (IST)16 May 2022
Yamuna nearly dry, water supply in Delhi to be hit from tomorrow

Water production at the Chandrawal, Wazirabad and Okhla water treatment plants (WTP) had fallen by around 25% on Monday on account of depleting water levels in the Yamuna, according to the Delhi Jal Board (DJB).

A statement from the DJB stated that the water level at the Wazirabad pond had fallen to 669.40 ft, against a normal level of around 674.50 ft. The level at the pond has fallen further from 671.80 ft on May 12. The release of raw water from Haryana had also reduced, according to the statement. Water supply is likely to be affected from Tuesday morning onwards till the pond level improves. The three WTPs together produce around 230 MGD (million gallons per day) out of the total of around 950 MGD of water, and a disruption in production at these three plants means that supply to several parts of the city will be disrupted.

The Chandrawal WTP produces around 90 MGD (million gallons per day) of water, while the Wazirabad WTP produces 120 MGD, and the Okhla WTP produces 20 MGD. Read more

20:11 (IST)16 May 2022
At time of fire, post of licensing inspector in Mundka was vacant

The Mundka ward, where 27 people died in a fire at an office complex, had the post of licensing inspector lying vacant for 10 days leading up to the incident.

Sushil Gautam was posted as inspector on Friday, the same day the fire broke out. His predecessor Sandeep Kumar Kaushik was relieved on May 4, and from then till May 13, the post was vacant.

Area councillor Anil Lakra claimed that after the fire, orders were issued in a hurry by authorities to appoint Gautam as licensing inspector. “It is the duty of the licensing inspector to see such violations, whether the commercial establishments operating in the area have licence or not.” Read more

20:07 (IST)16 May 2022
Delhi records 377 new Covid-19 infections

Delhi on Monday, registered 377 new Covid-19 infections, one death with the positivity rate of 3.37 per cent as per the health bulletin.

19:46 (IST)16 May 2022
Mundka fire: Bodies charred beyond recognition, forensic lab has tough task at hand

The Forensic Science Laboratory in Delhi has collected DNA samples from 27 bodies – most of them charred beyond recognition – since the Mundka fire, and is now in the process of matching those with blood samples collected from family members. So far, only eight out of the 27 bodies have been identified and the rest are not just “highly charred”, but also have no jewellery or clothes that can help with identification.

The fire broke out at a four-storey commercial building in Outer Delhi’s Mundka on Friday, killing 27 persons, most of them women. The next day, families were called to the mortuary to try and identify their loved ones. The eight – Tania Chauhan, Ranju Devi, Amit Jyani, Kailash Jyani, Drishti, Yashoda Devi, Vishal and Mohini – were identified with the help of their clothes or pieces of jewellery such as bracelet, gold chain or earrings, said their families.

Officials on Monday said DNA testing and profiling can take days or even weeks because of the number of the test samples and the lengthy procedure. Read more

18:52 (IST)16 May 2022
Delhi HC sentences man to 45-day imprisonment for demolishing neighbour’s wall

Observing that the “democratic fabric” of society will suffer if respect for the judiciary is undermined, the Delhi High Court has sentenced a contemnor to 45 days of simple imprisonment for demolishing the boundary wall of a property in Burari in violation of court orders.

“The purpose of contempt jurisdiction is to uphold the majesty and dignity of the courts of law, since the respect and authority commanded by the courts of law are the greatest guarantee to an ordinary citizen,” said Justice Subramonium Prasad in an order.

The court added, “A strong message has to be sent to the society that the orders of the Court cannot be flouted by using strong arm tactics”. Read more

18:40 (IST)16 May 2022
Despite soaring mercury levels in Delhi, power demands declines: Data 

Despite record day temperatures in Delhi, the power demand in the past few days has declined mainly due to holidays, discom officials said on Monday.

A tormenting heatwave swept through the city on Sunday with the mercury leaping to 49.2 degrees Celsius at Mungeshpur in northwest Delhi and 49.1 degrees Celsius at Najafgarh in the city's southwest.

However, the peak power demand reached 6,732 MW at 11.26 PM on Sunday, according to the realtime data of Delhi's State Load Dispatch Centre, the apex body to ensure integrated operation of the power system in the capital. It slightly fell to 6,688 MW just past midnight -- on the intervening night between Sunday and Monday -- as per SLDC data. (PTI)

18:39 (IST)16 May 2022
Arvind Kejriwal condemns police action on Kashmiri Pandits protesting killing of govt staffer

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal condemned the police action against Kashmiri Pandits who were protesting against the killing of Rahul Bhat (35) in Kashmir’s Budgam district and demanded that the responsible officers be suspended.

Demanding that adequate security arrangements be made so that Kashmiri Pandits, who wish to return to the valley, can do so, Kejriwal said, “A few days ago, a government official, Rahul Bhat, was killed. Some terrorists went to his office, asked his name and shot him dead. It seems they had decided that they wanted to target a Kashmiri Pandit. Our army traced and killed two terrorists within 24 hours. But the whole country is worried that why Kashmiri Pandits are not safe in Kashmir even today. Many Kashmiri Pandit youth were sent to Kashmir under a special package. They wanted to live and work there peacefully. It is their home, and they wanted to build a life there. After this incident, they are scared. They were protesting to express their anger at the killing but they were stopped. Tear gas shells were fired and a lathi charge was carried out on protesters. They were locked inside their colony. Why? This is not right,” the Chief Minister said. Read more

18:27 (IST)16 May 2022
Tourist from Delhi dies after slipping into river in J-K Ganderbal 

A tourist from Delhi died after he slipped into a river in Ganderbal district of Jammu and Kashmir on Monday, officials said.

Mohammad Anwar, a resident of the Okhla area in Delhi, slipped into Sindh river at Sonamarg while he was using his mobile phone, they said.

Anwar was retrieved from the river by locals and police but he had died apparently due to injuries he sustained on his head, the officials said. (PTI)

18:26 (IST)16 May 2022
Gold declines Rs 46 amid weak global trends 

Gold prices dipped by Rs 46 to Rs 49,754 per 10 grams in the national capital on Monday in line with global trends, according to HDFC Securities. In the previous trade, the precious metal finished at Rs 49,800 per 10 gram.

Silver, however, gained Rs 213 to Rs 59,452 per kg from Rs 59,239 per kg in the previous trade.

"Spot gold prices for 24 carat gold at Delhi were down by Rs 46 in line with decline in global gold prices," said Tapan Patel, Senior Analyst (Commodities), HDFC Securities.

In the international market, gold was trading lower at USD 1,797 per ounce and silver was marginally lower at USD 20.96 per ounce.
"Gold prices traded weak with spot gold prices at COMEX trading 0.77 per cent down at $1,797 per ounce on Monday. Gold prices traded under pressure on stronger dollar despite of fall in bond yields," he added. (PTI)

17:33 (IST)16 May 2022
Centre should ensure security of kashmiri Pandits: Kejriwal

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal Monday urged the Centre to take steps to ensure the security of Kashmiri Pandits in the wake of the last week killing of a government servant from the community.


Rahul Bhat, who had got the job of a clerk under the special employment package for migrants in 2010-11, was gunned down by terrorists inside the tehsil office in Chadoora town of central Kashmir’s Budgam district on Thursday.


“A Kashmiri Pandit was killed inside his office by terrorists. It seems it was planned. The Indian Army gunned down two terrorists in a day. But the incident has left Kashmiri Pandits scared,” Kejriwal said in an online briefing. Read more

16:41 (IST)16 May 2022
‘Nobody will tolerate 63L people being rendered homeless': Kejriwal slams BJP on demolition drive 

Claiming that the ongoing anti-encroachment drive in Delhi will render 63 lakh people homeless, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal Monday said it will be the "biggest destruction" in Independent India, and accused the BJP of “misusing" power. He also questioned the moral, constitutional and legal authority of the BJP-ruled civic bodies to launch such a large-scale drive at the fag end of their terms.

"Delhi has not developed as a planned city. More than 80 per cent of Delhi can be called illegal and encroached upon. Does that mean you will destroy 80 per cent of Delhi?" he asked.

In a virtual address after holding a meeting with AAP MLAs on the issue, he demanded the deferred municipal corporation polls be held now to elect new civic bodies that can take a decision on the matter.

"You will make 63 lakh people homeless and spoil their daily lives by bulldozing their houses and shops. It will be the biggest destruction in independent India. Nobody is going to tolerate it," the AAP national convener said, attacking the BJP. (PTI)

16:03 (IST)16 May 2022
Kejriwal promises houses for slum dwellers, requests government to not misuse power 

On Twitter live, Arvind Kejriwal, asked the government if they have constitutional power to take this step. He requested to let MCD decide post polls. 

Kejriwal said, 'I promise AAP will resolve the issue of illegal construction without using bulldozers and help give them homes.' He further added, 'AAP will bring progresive change without chaos, just like we did with education and healthcare.'

15:42 (IST)16 May 2022
CM Kejriwal targets BJP over anti-encroachment drive  

Slamming the anti-encroachment drive being carried out in various parts of the city, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday said if bulldozers raze shops and houses of 63 lakh people in Delhi, which are considered illegal, it will be the "biggest destruction" in independent India.

At a meeting with Aam Aadmi Party MLAs on the matter, Kejriwal told them that they should be ready to go to jail for opposing the anti-encroachment drive being carried out by the BJP-led municipal corporations in various parts of Delhi.

"They are reaching colonies with bulldozers and razing any shop and house. Even if people show them papers to prove that the structure is not illegal, they do not check them," he said.

"Delhi has not been made in a planned way.More than 80 per cent of Delhi can be called illegal and encroached. Does that mean you will destroy 80 per cent of Delhi?" he said in an online briefing.

The party is against the way the anti-encroachment drive is being carried out, he said, adding nearly 50 lakh people stay in unauthorised colonies, 10 lakh in 'jhuggis' and there are lakhs of people who have modified balconies or done something that does not conform to original maps. (PTI)

14:08 (IST)16 May 2022
‘Dadagiri, gundagardi is not okay’: Kejriwal hits back at MCD over demolition drive

Targeting the anti-encroachment drives held by the BJP-led MCD in the Capital, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal Monday said the civic body was planning to run bulldozers over 63 lakh people in the city, making it the “biggest demolition in Independent India”.

“In the last 75 years, Delhi has not been made in a planned way. More than 80 per cent of Delhi will come under the bracket of illegal construction or encroachment. The question then arises, will 80 per cent of Delhi be demolished?” said Kejriwal. The Delhi chief minister said he held a meeting of his party’s MLAs. “I told them even if we have to go to jail, don't be scared. You need to stand by the people. Running bulldozers like this is not right. Doing dadagiri, gundagardi is not okay. Abusing your power is not okay," he added.

"Why are you running bulldozers over people? We will fix Delhi. Like we have worked on education, health, water, and electricity, similarly, we will fix encroachments too. But to demolish homes and shops by running bulldozers over them is not right. We vehemently protest this," said Kejriwal.

12:53 (IST)16 May 2022
Will 80% of Delhi be demolished, asks Arvind Kejriwal

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, while referring to the recent anti-encroachment drives said: “Delhi has not been expanded in a planned manner. Over 80% of the city is illegal, encroached...Question arises, would 80% of the city be demolished (by BJP-led MCDs)?”

12:25 (IST)16 May 2022
Running bulldozers not solution to encroachments... doing dadagiri not okay: Arvind Kejriwal

Following the meeting with MLAs over the anti-encroachment drives, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal said: “The municipal corporations plan to run bulldozers over 63 lakh people. I believe this will be the biggest demolition in Independent India. We are not in favour of illegal encroachments, and will fix the issue, but running bulldozers is not the way.” He added, “I just held a meeting with our MLAs. I told them that even if we have to go to jail, don't be scared. We need to stand by the people. Doing dadagiri, gundagardi is not okay. Abusing power is not okay.”

11:41 (IST)16 May 2022
Man stabs DJB worker over road rage

The police have arrested a man who allegedly stabbed a worker of the Delhi Jal Board (DJB) after a fight and a policeman in North Delhi, said officials Sunday. The accused, Virender Badal, was arrested after the police shot and overpowered him. According to the police, Badal, a criminal in the Delhi Cantonment area, and his associate Brijesh were in Burari on Sunday when they got into a fight with a driver, who works with the DJB. Read More

11:15 (IST)16 May 2022
Temperature to dip, dust storm likely

With a western disturbance affecting parts of northwest India, cloudy skies, the possibility of a dust storm or thunderstorm and very light rainfall are on the India Meteorological Department (IMD) forecast for Delhi-NCR on Monday. The maximum temperature could dip to around 41 degrees Celsius on Monday, after having settled at 45.6 degrees Celsius the previous day. Read More

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal will chair a meeting with the MLAs over the ongoing anti-encroachment drives in Delhi. This comes days after clashes broke out between locals and Delhi Police personnel during an anti-encroachment drive by the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) in Madanpur Khadar on Thursday. The Police said AAP MLA Amanatullah Khan was arrested while 12 residents, including a woman and her minor daughter, were detained.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has announced a compensation of Rs 10 lakh each for families of those who died in the fire in Mundka on Friday. Those who have sustained injuries will be given Rs 50,000 as compensation. Kejriwal has also ordered a magisterial probe into the incident.

On the weather front, heatwave conditions are predicted for the national capital on Sunday, when the maximum temperature could settle at around 45 degree Celsius. At the Safdarjung weather observatory, which provides a marker for the city, the maximum temperature recorded on Saturday was 44.2 degrees Celsius, five degrees above normal for this time of the year.

Delhi Mundka Fire Tragedy Live Updates today:

When the fire department first received a call about the Mundka blaze, they were under the impression that it is a factory unit and not an office complex with over a hundred trapped inside.

Atul Garg, Delhi Fire Services Chief, said they first received a call at 4.40 pm and were informed the location was a factory. “Assuming it was a factory fire, we sent 10 fire tenders to the spot. We weren’t told about the number of people trapped inside. The fire broke out on the first floor and spread to other floors within an hour. We found that people were trapped inside. It’s an office space where WiFi routers, CCTVs and other devices are stored. We called cranes and ambulances for help. At present, 30 fire tenders are working at the spot to contain the fire and rescue people,” Garg told The Indian Express on Friday night.

READ | Mundka fire: First fire call gave impression not many were trapped inside

In a narrow space between ambulances and firetrucks, Ajay Daksh stood watching the crane put out fire at an office complex in Mundka. For five hours, he had been shuttling between the building and the nearest hospitals in search of his sister.

“I came to know through people that there was a fire in the office where my sister works. I have been watching the flames and the rescue operation but I do not have any idea where my sister is. Bodies are being pulled out and I just hope I do not have to see the worst,” said Ajay as he chased an ambulance to try and catch a glimpse of yet another body being taken away.

READ | Mundka fire: ‘27 dead… is my sister one of them?’

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