'There's no danger of flood hitting Delhi'
The Yamuna continued to flow above the danger mark for the second day in a row on Thursday. The water level on Thursday night was recorded at 206.11 meters—1.28 meters above the danger mark.delhi Updated: Sep 10, 2010 23:59 IST
The Yamuna continued to flow above the danger mark for the second day in a row on Thursday. The water level on Thursday night was recorded at 206.11 meters—1.28 meters above the danger mark. With the threat of a flood looming large, the Old Yamuna Bridge was closed for traffic on Thursday afternoon and routes of more than 20 trains were altered.
Authorities, however, maintained the situation was under control and that there was no danger of flood hitting Delhi.
Delhi Irrigation and Flood Control Minister, Rajkumar Chauhan, said everything was under control and asked people not to panic. He added that there was no danger of flood in Delhi.
"The water is expected to reach a level of 206.65 meters by 11 am tomorrow after which it will increase further. We are all prepared and there shouldn't be any problem. The department has tackled worse situations in the past," said Ish Kumar, chief engineer, Irrigation and Flood Control Department.
Officials hope the coming days remain rain free so that water logging is eased around the city. "It will be a great relief for us if there is no rain on Saturday and Sunday otherwise we will have to carry out large-scale water pumping in areas like Jehangirpuri," Kumar added.
But the Met department has not predicted any relief for Saturday. "There will be a partly cloudy sky with possibility of rain and thundershowers on Saturday," said the weatherman.
Flood Control Department officials added that the intensity of water flow is lower this year, as it has already breached the riverbanks in various parts of Haryana and Uttar Pradesh. "Since the rate of flow is slow, the water will also take a longer time to recede. It may take more than a week for the water levels to go back below the danger mark of 204.83 meters," Kumar said.