Water level of Yamuna river rises, close to danger mark

New Delhi (NVI): Following heavy rains in the region for the past few days, the water level of the Yamuna river has risen and is close to danger mark, with the Delhi government saying it is ready to deal with any flood-like situation.

The water level was recorded at 204.38 metres this morning at Old Yamuna Bridge in the national capital, below the warning level of 204.50 metres.

“The water level of Yamuna River was recorded at 204.38 metres, which is below the danger mark,” said Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain.

This water level rose after 5,883 cusec of water was released from the Hathini Kund Barrage in Yamuna Nagar district at around 8 am, said officials of the Delhi government’s Irrigation and Flood Control (I&FC) department.

They said more water is released from the Hathni Kund Barrage during the monsoon, when there is heavy rainfall in the hilly regions and the capacity of the dam is reached.

Jain also said that the flood control system is in place. If required, the government will activate the plan to control the situation.

On August 22, the water level of the river rose up following the heavy rainfall in the region for the past several days. However, the national capital and the neighbouring cities received heavy rainfall over the past few days which lead to waterlogging and traffic jams in different areas.