Yamuna could cross danger level, Haryana releases 4 lakh cusecs

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New Delhi, Sep 21 (UNI) The Yamuna river is again in the danger of crossing the danger level of 104.83 m with the Haryana government releasing over four lakh cusecs of water in the river.

The release of such a huge amount of water by Haryana from the Tazewala barrage has raised the possibility of floods in the low lying areas along the river.

Talking to UNI, Delhi Development Minister Raj Kumar Chauhan said the Haryana Government had released over four lakh cusecs of water from Tazewala, thus raising the danger of floods in the Capital.

In this context, he said the releases of one lakh cusecs of water by Haryana last month had led to the river water swamping areas lying along the Yamuna.

''This time the amount of water released is four times more.

Naturally, it is a matter of concern for the administration.

Consequently, we have asked people residing in localities lying along the Yamuna to move to safer places,''Mr Chauhan said.

The water released by Haryana is likely to reach Delhi by tomorrow which could raise the level of the river beyond the danger level of 204.83 m which in turn would increase the danger of floods in areas near the Yamuna.

He said that on its part, the administration in Delhi was in a state of full alert.

All SDMs and officials of the irrigation and flood control department were keeping a close watch on the situation. All the officials have been alerted and logistics arranged to meet any eventualities.

An emergency meeting has been called to review the situation.

Mr Chauhan said the administration had opened all the gate of the Wazirabad bridge so as to allow the water coming from Tazewala barrage to move ahead. Further, the Uttar Pradesh Government has also been requested that it keep open all its barrages located on the border to allow the water to pass.

Chief engineer of Delhi Flood and Irrigation Department, M C T Pareva said,''We have alerted all the people living in the Yamuna's catchment areas." He said the administration was ready to deal with any situation.

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