As the evacuation work continues at the banks of Yamuna river in Delhi for the residents living in the low lying areas, the water level is expected to rise even more.
The river crossed the danger mark following intermittent rainfall, and to add to the worries the Haryana government has also released water from the Hathni Kund Barrage.
The water level at Old Delhi Railway Bridge was recorded at 205.50m on Sunday morning and the five lakh cusec of water released by Haryana from the Hathni Kund Barrage is expected to reach Delhi by this evening.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday held an emergency meeting with top officials of his government, including Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash, and directed all departments to be on high alert.
Kejriwal, his deputy Manish Sisodia took review of the preparedness of the departments in case water enters the low-lying vulnerable areas of Delhi.
Kejriwal said all departments have been put on high alert.
“Haryana has released 5 lakh cusec water. Called an emergency meeting to discuss the situation. This water likely to reach Del by tomo eve. Wherever administration evacuating people, they r requested to cooperate. All depts put on high alert. For any flood related emergency, control room no is 1077 (sic),” he tweeted.
The meeting was attended by the MLAs of the vulnerable areas, Prakash, officials of the Delhi Police, Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board (DUSIB), urban development, Irrigation and Flood Control, Army, MCDs, PWD, Delhi Jal Board, CATS, Health, Revenue, DDMA and other stakeholder departments.
All the departments informed the chief minister that they were prepared and are on alert for any such situation. They informed that the quick response teams (QRTs) are also activated for any emergency.
The Yamuna water level at the Hathinikund barrage has crossed the danger mark of 90,000 cusec and till 9 pm, 49,2351 cusec of water was released.
(With agency inputs)