Chandigarh: In what may be good news for
Delhi, Haryana today said water discharge from Hathni Kund
barrage near Yamunanagar has been reduced and the water level
in Yamuna river has started falling.
"The discharge of water at Hathnikund barrage was reduced
to 92,000 cusecs today from 3.24 lakh cusecs two days ago,"
Engineer-in-Chief, Haryana Irrigation Department, Harmail
Several areas along Yamuna in Delhi had witnessed
extensive flooding on Monday after additional 2,70,000 cusecs
of water was released from Hathnikund barrage.
Yamuna was flowing at a level of 205.19 metres, 36 cm
above the danger level of 204.83 metres, in the national
capital till late in the evening today.
People living close to the river bank were evacuated and
shifted to camps set up in safer areas.
Meanwhile, Political Adviser to the Haryana Chief
Minister Virender Singh said a large volume of water from the
catchment areas in Himachal Pradesh has been reaching the
state and it cannot hold or release water from Hathni Kund
barrage, situated on Yamuna river at the northern most border
"Hathni Kund barrage is not a dam. It is just a barrage,
which allows the water to pass through and it is only able to
measure the water level with the help of modern techniques,"
Singh said it is a "misnomer" to say that lakhs of cusecs
of water, which passed through Hathni Kund barrage into Yamuna
river, was released by Haryana.
"Haryana could only inform Delhi about the quantity of
water that had passed through the barrage at a particular
point of time and that it will reach Delhi after 72 hours so
that Delhi government could take necessary steps," he said.
Singh said Delhi is the capital of the country and
Haryana shows due concern to the problem that may be faced by
Delhi, in view of the large volume of water reaching the city.
"When the volume of water at the barrage is beyond 16500
cusecs, the excess water cannot be stopped from flowing out of
the barrage," he said.
If Haryana releases water from the barrage, then firstly
the villages around Yamunanagar, Karnal, Panipat and Sonepat,
falling on the course of the river, would get inundated by
flood water before the excess water could reach Delhi, he