National Disaster Response Force commandant P K Srivastava said his team, along with fire officials, had to use oxygen cylinders to get past the smoke-filled staircase and reach the rooftop to create an outlet for the smoke.
A firefighter who handled operations Sunday said the floors have been completely gutted: “I saw the damage firsthand... There were a lot of obstacles blocking the entries and exits. That could have been avoided.”
Sources said that the party is in a fix over whether to give tickets to councillors or not — while individually some of the leaders are popular in their areas, the civic bodies, the party feels, has a negative image among the public.
Senior leaders said Javadekar has been chosen to spearhead the polls because he has handled organisational affairs in different states during several elections, the most recent stint being in Rajasthan during the Lok Sabha polls.
North MCD commissioner Varsha Joshi said the drains, constructed by the Irrigation and Flood Control department, are elevated, as a result of which it takes time for water to recede during rains. “Pumping is done as needed,” she said.
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A senior Congress leader said, “Though we lost the Lok Sabha elections, the fact that we were ahead of AAP in most seats was some consolation for us. It showed people still had confidence in Sheila ji. We now need a leader like her who can take everyone along.”
“I had burnt her effigy when there was mismanagement in Delhi during the Commonwealth Games, but even after that we met over breakfast and discussed politics, art and culture, which we both were fond of,” Vijay Goel said.
At several places, toll was being collected manually in RFID lanes; private vehicles were seen entering the RFID lane meant for commercial vehicles; and vehicles were seen trying to pass without paying the toll, leading to jams.
The BJP’s membership drive was launched at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium Sunday, during which Chaudhary joined the party in the presence of former Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan and the party’s national general secretary (organisation) Ramlal.
Before the general elections, she was rumoured to have joined the Congress after UP party chief Raj Babbar tweeted a picture of her with Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and welcomed her into the party.
Senior SDMC officials said the building department is considered a plum posting in the civic body as it opens up the possibility of corrupt officials extracting money from builders and those building houses without permits.
According to senior leaders at the meeting, Delhi state unit president Manoj Tiwari expressed reservations regarding party leaders not keeping the state unit in the loop while holding programmes and events.