The water level in the Yamuna in Delhi has crossed the warning level due to discharge of water from a barrage in Haryana. The state government has deployed motor boats to evacuate riverside dwellers.
“Due to discharge of large volume of water from Hathni Kund Barrage in Haryana, the water level in the Yamuna has gone up to 204.22 m, as recorded at 1pm,” a Central Water Commission official said.
The warning level for Yamuna is 204 m and the danger level 204.83 m. The highest water level of 207.49 m in Yamuna was recorded in 1978.
“The water level initially rose, but since rains have not taken place that much, the water level is receding,” the official said.
On Saturday, 160,000 cusec water was released from Hathni Kund Barrage, they said.
The Irrigation and Flood Control Department of the government had last week deployed 18 motor boats in areas, including Badarpur, Burari, Soniya Vihar, Jagatpur, Surghar Wazirpur, Boat Club, Geeta Colony, shamshan ghaat, Haithi Ghaat, Chilla Village, Mayur Vihar, Batla House, Kalindi Kunj and Bawana Nehar.
It had also directed that the boats be not shifted from these locations until further orders.