New Delhi: After the Water level in Yamuna crossed the all-time high mark, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday requested Home Minister Amit Shah to ensure the release of a limited quantity of water from Haryana’s Hathnikund Barrage.
In a letter to Home Minister, Delhi CM said that the water level of the Yamuna River reached the mark of 207.55 metres, breaching its all-time record of 207.49 metres set in 1978 and the city could be flooded anytime.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal writes to Union Home Minister Amit Shah
Limited quantity of water should be released from Hathnikund, so that the water level of Yamuna does not increase further. G20 summit is to be held in Delhi so if flood happens in Delhi, it won't send a… pic.twitter.com/iVbBUv8gTR
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“The water level in Yamuna is not increasing due to rain in Delhi. But it is going up continuously because of the release of abundant water from Haryana’s Hathnikund Barrage. I request you to ensure the release of water in limited quantities to control the further swell of water level,” said Kejriwal.
Kejriwal said that in coming days Delhi would host G-20 meetings and a flooded national capital would tarnish the nation’s image internationally.
45 years record broken in Delhi
The Yamuna crossed the danger mark of 205.33 meters in Delhi, inundating several low-lying areas along the river. The water level is dangerously close to touching the highest level mark of 207.49 metres, which was recorded in 1978. Both road and rail traffic on the old Yamuna bridge has been closed as Haryana has released excess water into Yamuna from the Hathinikund barrage in Yamunanagar.