Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Railway bridges to remain closed as Yamuna flows way above danger level


New Delhi: Railway authorities are not taking any chances with the security of its passengers they have closed the bridges above River Yamuna, which is flowing way above the danger mark at 206.48 meters. The historical double-decker rail-cum-road has also been closed for rail and vehicular traffic. The senior officials say that the situation would only come to normal when the water level recedes.

After 8.06 lakh cusecs of water was released from Hathnikund barrage in Haryana, the Yamuna River started flowing at a height of 204.9 metres near the old railway bridge in central Delhi, where the danger mark is 204.83 metres. The level is fast approaching 205 metres. On Tuesday morning, the dam released another 3.38 cusecs of water, worsening the situation.

Meanwhile, massive drive for evacuation of people living in the low-lying areas has been initiated by the Delhi government. The drive was started on Monday, and by Tuesday, more than 2000 families have been shifted to safer locations.

While the authorities have rejected any possibilities of flood like situation in the city, massive arrangements are being made to deal with any eventuality.

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