Delhi Government on Saturday put all its departments on high alert after the water level of river Yamuna crossed the danger mark following continuous rain over the past two days and release of water from Haryana’s Hathnikund barrage.
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday called an emergency meeting to discuss the situation arising from release of 5 lakh cusec of water in the river Yamuna by neighbouring Haryana with the water level at Old Yamuna Bridge going up to 205.30 meters, 0.47 meters higher than the danger mark of 204.83 meters.
”Haryana has released 5 lakh cusec water. Called an emergency meeting to discuss the situation,” Mr Kejriwal tweeted.
Mr Kejriwal said the water which is being released by Haryana is likely to reach Delhi by tomorrow evening.
He said wherever administration is evacuating people, they are requested to cooperate.
The Chief Minister said all the departments are put on high alert and for any flood related emergency, control room number is 1077.
”This water likely to reach Del by tomo eve. Wherever administration evacuating people, they r requested to cooperate. All depts put on high alert. For any flood related emergency, control room no is 1077,” the Delhi Chief Minister said in another tweet.
The water level is expected to rise further tonight. According to Delhi’s Flood Control Department, the water level at Old Yamuna Bridge has gone up to 205.30 meters at 1900 hrs in the evening, 0.47 meters more than the danger mark of 204.83 meters.
According to the department, water is being continuously released from Hathinikund Barrage and the water level could reach up to 205.40 meters between 2100 hrs-2200 hrs.
The department said considering the quantity of water, there may be further increase in Yamuna’s water level.
The department said 6, 05, 949 cusec of water has been released from Hathinikund Barrage. This water will take 48 to 72 hours to reach Delhi. There is a possibility of an increase in water level when the entire water reaches the city.
In wake of the rising water level in the river, as a precautionary measure, the people living near shores of the river have been alerted. People from some villages near the the river area are being shifted to safer places.
People from New Usmanpur, Garhi Mandu and Sonia Vihar adjacent to the river in north-east Delhi have been evacuated and shifted to safer places nearby.