The Gautam Budh Nagar district administration on Thursday said that it has sounded an alert in its areas falling along the Yamuna as the river’s water level has touched 204.22 metres.
Officials of the UP irrigation department said that if the water level reaches 204 metres, it is considered a warning. If the water touches 204.83, it is considered dangerous.
The alert was sounded after instructions from the state government. On Wednesday, irrigation minister Shivpal Yadav had also conducted a meeting in Lucknow to discuss the rise in water level.
“We gave a ground report on the Yamuna water level to the ministry in Lucknow. We have instructed our staff to be alert to deal with any eventuality in case the river receives additional water from a barrage in Haryana. We have also instructed farmers to be careful while visiting their farmlands in the Yamuna floodplains,” said Rajesh Yadav, additional district magistrate, Gautam Budh Nagar.
Noida, Greater Noida and Yamuna expressway authorities have areas that are located along the Yamuna. Noida’s sectors 125, 126, 129, 132, 135, 150 and 167, among others, are located along the Yamuna embankment.
“In 2013, excess water in the river had damaged the embankment, posing a risk of flood. Therefore, we sounded an alert well in advance. I also conducted an inspection along the floodplains on Tuesday. As of now, there is nothing to worry about,” said the ADM.
The river had crossed the warning level on July 16 after 1,60,000 cusecs of water was released from Hathni Kund barrage in Haryana.
“On Tuesday, we released 32,000 cusecs of water at Kalindi Kunj barrage after excess water was discharged from Hathni Kund barrage. On Thursday, we released 12,000 cusecs from Kalindi Kunj barrage towards Agra into the Yamuna,” said Ravi Prakash, assistant engineer, UP irrigation department.
“In 2013, 3.75 lakh cusecs was released from Hathni Kund barrage, thereby damaging the embankment at Noida,” said Prakash.