Following the massive discharge of water from Hathini Kund barrage on the Yamuna river, the Faridabad district administration has taken preventive measures as water is expected to reach the district by June 18.
A spokesperson for the district administration said deputy commissioner (DC) Balraj Singh had issued instructions to all officers concerned to ensure that essential services were not affected and there was no loss of life and property. He directed the subdivisional magistrates and tehsildars concerned to ensure 'thikri pahras' (late-night vigil by locals) and give phone numbers of namberdars, chowkidars, sarpanches and patwaris to locals so that prompt action is taken in case of any eventuality.
As a result of increase in the level of water in Yamuna, there is a threat of floods in villages of Faridabad subdivision, including Basantpur, Ismailpur, Tilput, Dadsiya, Kidawali, Lalpur, Mahavatpur, Bhaskaula, Mauzabad, Fulera, Rajpura Kalan, Alipur Shikargah, Tilauri Khaddar, Tajpur, Sahrawak, Sidhaula, Amipur, Kabulpur Khaddar Parwarish, Chirsi, Mehtabpatti and Ballabhgarh. The villages in the Ballabhgarh subdivision that face the threat of flood include Akbarpur, Manjhawali, Shekhpur, Mauzmabad, Ghurasan, Chandpur, Shahjahanpur, Latifpur, Fajjupur Khadar, Dulhepur, Mohana, Chhainsa and Shahpur Khadar.
Irrigation minister says no serious damage
Chandigarh: Haryana irrigation minister HS Chattha on Monday said floods in the state had not caused serious damage to the protection structures constructed along the Yamuna river.
"There has been an unprecedented discharge of 8.06-lakh cusecs of water in Yamuna. The effect of the peak discharge is expected to reach Delhi in 48 hours after crossing Hathini Kund barrage in Yamunanagar," the minister said.
The water level at Hathini Kund barrage on Yamuna had started rising on June 16 by 9am and the highest discharge of 8.06 cusecs passed the barrage at 6am on June 17. Thereafter, water started receding. The water level in the river in areas downstream of Hathini Kund barrage has started rising and the peak discharge of 5.35-lakh cusecs of Sunday night reached Karnal district.
The minister said that on Monday (4 pm), 5.7-lakh cusecs of water crossed the barrage, while was 5.90-lakh cusecs crossed at 2pm, Chattha added.
Govt asks DCs to be on their toes
Intensifying its flood-control measures, the Haryana government has issued instructions to all deputy commissioners to make preparations in the event of floods in their respective districts. Krishna Mohan, additional chief secretary, revenue and disaster management, said they had been asked to ensure that all district officers and officials be directed not to take leaves. "We have been asked to arrange 'thikri pahras' and keep telephone numbers of patwaris, kanungos, numberdars, chowkidars and sarpanches in their offices," Mohan said. The instructions were in addition to the directions issued to them from time to time, he added.