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'Don't blame Haryana for Yamuna floods'

The state irrigation department is "hurt" as Haryana is being held wrongly responsible for the flooding of various districts of the state and the national capital. Following a massive rainfall in the upper Himalayan reaches of Uttarakhand in the last week, level of the Yamuna and other seasonal rivulets increased alarmingly.

india Updated: Jun 19, 2013 20:43 IST
Vishal Joshi

The state irrigation department is "hurt" as Haryana is being held wrongly responsible for the flooding of various districts of the state and the national capital.

Following a massive rainfall in the upper Himalayan reaches of Uttarakhand in the last week, level of the Yamuna and other seasonal rivulets increased alarmingly.

The natural course of the Yamuna enters Yamunanagar from hills of Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh.

Hathni Kund barrage near the Kalesar forest area on the Jagadhari-Paonta Sahib road control the Yamuna water under normal conditions for irrigation purposes.

BP Godara, chief engineer, (Yamuna-north) told HT on Wednesday that since Sunday, various television news channels and newspapers were wrongly portraying that Delhi was facing a flood threat after Haryana had released more than 8 lakh cusecs of water into the Yamuna.

A large section of the media is also wrongly blamed the recent flooding of Haryana villages for the same reasons.

Since no water from the Yamuna is stored at the barrage, there is no question of releasing any water into the river, which may cause floods, he said.

"Media, particularly Delhi-based private broadcasters, are giving a wrong picture about the role of a barrage and floods in the low-lying areas on its banks," said Godara.

He said Hathni Kund barrage was a measuring point of flowing Yamuna water received in Haryana from Paonta Sahib in HP and the authorities of areas in the downstream are alerted to avoid any damage. But unfortunately, the ill-informed media had dented Haryana's image, he added.

"Unlike a dam, the barrage is meant for distribution of river water by diverting the water in canals without storing it. The basic difference between the two is that a dam has a reservoir where massively stored water is used for various purposes namely-- electricity generation, irrigation or drinking water supply," he said.

"Hathni Kund barrage can hold water with the flow of 70,000 cusecs and whenever water level increases the point in Yamuna, water has to be released downstream in its natural course. If the flooded water is released in the irrigation canals, the entire infrastructure would be collapse due to presence of silt, boulders and other rocky materials in the water," said Godara.

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