Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Thursday said the Delhi government will take all precautionary measures to control the rising water levels of the Yamuna river, caused by the release of water from Haryana since Wednesday.
With huge volumes of water flowing from Haryana, the Yamuna was at 204.73 metres at 2 p.m. Thursday and the level was said to be rising rapidly.
Speaking to reporters, Dikshit said: "About 99 per cent of citizens living in low-lying areas have been shifted to safer locations and there is no need to panic, the situation is under control."
Answering a question whether the release of water will make the situation difficult for the capital, she said: "Yes it should be", but informed that enough precautionary measures have been taken.
Speaking to IANS, Delhi Flood Control Minister Rajkumar Chavan said: "The water level will continue to rise for the next two days, but there is nothing to worry as we are on alert and our authorities are maintaining strict vigil on the Yamuna levels."
He also informed that the situation cannot be compared to the 1978 floods in Delhi. "At that time the dam was damaged which led to the floods but this year the situation is not the same."
Chavan also said: "Apart from shifting people from low-lying areas, a hundred booster water pumps have been pressed into service to pump out the water."