New Delhi: The steep increase in the water level of river Yamuna has set alarm bells ringing amongst the concerned authorities. The release of water from Hathnikund Barrage has taken Yamuna level to the danger mark of 204 metres.

Though the water has receded slightly and the level has gone down to 203.61 metres, the concerned authorities are keeping a close watch on each development.

Delhi’s Health and Flood Control Minister AK Walia informed that preparations to control flood were complete. “There is nothing to worry about. The water level of Yamuna usually remains at 202 metre,” said Walia.

Around 13,500 cusecs of water was released from Hathnikund. The Delhi authorities were not informed about the release of water from the Barrage.

Generally, the State government issues a warning when one lakh cusecs of water is released in river Yamuna and brings out the second warning when three lakh cusecs water is released. On the release of five lakh cusecs or more water, people residing in villages situated on banks of the river are asked by the state government to shift to another location.

To tackle any situation of emergency, the Flood Control Department is holding a round the clock monitoring of the river on 24 points.

JPN/Bureau