Delhi flood threat: Old Yamuna Bridge closed

The Old Yamuna Bridge, connecting east Delhi with the heart of the national capital, was shut for rail and road traffic early Tuesday morning after the water level in Yamuna rose dangerously.

Last Updated: Sep 21, 2010, 10:55 AM IST

New Delhi: The Old Yamuna Bridge,
connecting east Delhi with the heart of the national capital,
was shut for rail and road traffic early Tuesday morning after
the water level in Yamuna rose dangerously.

"The Old Yamuna Iron Bridge has been closed as water
level went above the danger mark," a senior police official
said.

The traffic movement was closed following the rise in
water level to 205.78 metre, which is 95 cm above the danger
mark of 204.83 metres.

Officials fear that there could be further rise in the
level when water released from Hathanikund Barrage in Haryana
reaches the city.

Railways stopped train services on the old Yamuna
Bridge at around 3.00 am and are diverting all the trains bound
for Old Delhi Railway Station and towards the eastern part of
the country through other routes, a Railway official said.

Twenty-seven local trains have been cancelled while 58
short distance trains like Farakka, Padmavati, Howrah Janata,
Ranikhet and Lal Quila Express have been diverted.

The closure of the bridge resulted in diversion of
traffic to a highway linking Delhi with Uttar Pradesh, which
resulted in further choking of roads.

PTI