With the Yamuna flowing at the 206.44 metre-mark on Tuesday, the administration geared up to avert flooding along its banks.
The authorities closed down the Old Yamuna Bridge for road and rail traffic. A little after noon on Tuesday, the Indian Railways stopped using the Old Yamuna bridge and diverted trains from Old Delhi station towards New Delhi and Nizamuddin stations.
“Haryana has released as much as 7,44,000 cusecs of water, the quantum being so large for the first time in 100 years. The river is likely to touch the 206.95 metre-mark by Wednesday afternoon,” said Ish Lakhanpal, chief engineer, Irrigation and Flood Control Department.
In Faridabad, the administration sounded a flood alert in three dozen villages of Faridabad and Palwal districts.
“The water level is constantly rising in the Yamuna and all efforts have been made to shift villagers to relief camps,” deputy commissioner, Faridabad, Praveen Kumar said.
“We have once again shifted villagers of Mahabalipur and Indranagar — two vulnerable villages — to relief camps,” deputy commissioner, Palwal, Amit Agarwal told Hindustan Times.