New Delhi: Release of 6.22 lakh cusecs water from Hathinikund barrage in Haryana has set alarm bells for officials as it may create a flood-like situation in Delhi.

Delhi Revenue Minister Dr AK Walia said the water level in Yamuna will rise in next 40 hours following which water will cross the danger mark and reach 206 metre.

Walia, on Tuesday held a meeting with the concerned departments and agencies to issue directions to officials regarding the flood control measures.

“The 6.22 lakh cusecs water discharged from the Hathinikund barrage is expected to reach Delhi within the next 40 hours. Flood like situation can rise in Yamuna Khaadar between the left marginal and right marginal dam area, which is meant to hold additional water during monsoons, will get flooded,” added Walia.

He further informed that Irrigation and Flood department control rooms are working along marginal dams and are equipped with manpower and material required to address any eventuality in case of any kind of breach.

“Presently, the water level of Yamuna is 203.64 metre and the danger mark is 204.83 metre. It is expected that the river will reach 206 metre which can cause floods,” he added.

Walia alerted Deputy Commissioners to evacuate low lying areas of the riverbed in Northeast, North, Central, East, South and Northwest Delhi. Tents for the evacuees are also being pitched.

Meanwhile, the flood control helpline number-22051234 is working round the clock.

Development Commissioner-cum-Secretary of the Irrigation and Flood Control department Ved Prakash, Divisional Commissioner Dharmendra and other officials were also present in the meeting.

JPN/Bureau