Alert sounded along Yamuna banks
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Last Updated: Sunday, August 22, 2010, 23:16
Chandigarh: People living along Yamuna have been asked to remain alert following the release of over 3.25 lakh cusecs of water into the river from Hathni Kund barrage today, even as a senior official maintained that the state had no role in floods in Delhi.

Deputy Commissioner (Sonepat) Ajit Balaji Joshi said that water could reach Sonepat at any time after midnight tonight.

Moderate to heavy rains continued to lash most places in Punjab and Haryana, with water-level of the already swollen Yamuna further increasing today.

All necessary arrangements have been made by the district administration to control the situation, he said.

Meanwhile, Irrigation Department (Haryana) Engineer-in- Chief Harmail Singh said that there is no storage dam on river Yamuna and any flood water that comes to Hathni Kund Barrage passes downstream.

Therefore, water cannot be stored at the barrage and the state has no role to control the flood water, he said while reacting to some media reports that Haryana was releasing water which caused floods in Delhi.

Heavy rains during the last few days in the catchment area of Yamuna, Markanda and Ghaggar rivers have caused heavy discharge of water at Hathni Kund Barrage, he said.

District administrations of Yamunanagar, Karnal, Sonepat, Panipat, Faridabad and Palwal have been alerted, while state irrigation officials are keeping constant vigil on the embankments of Yamuna.

Sonepat district had been divided into twenty sectors to keep a vigil on the rising water-level in Yamuna, he said.

A control room has also been set up in the office of Deputy Commissioner to give information about rising level of water in Yamuna.

Deputy Commissioner, Faridabad, has also asked people living along Yamuna to be alert, as the water released today would enter the boundaries of Faridabad after 60 hours.

The peak discharge of about 3.25 lakh cusecs of water, which is the highest discharge of this monsoon season, would reach Karnal by tomorrow morning.

Flood water also entered Shahbad feeder near village Subri, Rajokheri and Ugala in Shahbad area near Kurukshetra and flooded the agricultural area on the way.

The water will ultimately flow towards Saraswati river creak and would go to Bibipur lake, Singh added.


First Published: Sunday, August 22, 2010, 23:16

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