New Delhi: The Yamuna is overflowing because of the heavy downpour in the hill states of Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh. In the meantime, Haryana has started releasing water from the Tajewala dam from Sunday afternoon. The water released from the dam will reach Delhi by Wednesday.

It is learnt that the highest quantity of water, some 4.5 lakh cusec was released at around six in the evening. This could end up creating a flood-like situation in Delhi. At the same time, the people in the flood-prone areas of Yamuna have been alerted. According to Delhi’s Irrigation and Flood Control Department, the information regarding the release of water from the Tajewala dam was received at 12 in the afternoon.

About 2.5 lakh cusec of water was released, subsequent to this, 3 lakh cusec of water was released every three hours. According to department officials, normally 70,000 cusec of water is released, in case, the quantity is more than this, then they get cautious.

The water released from this dam takes between 48 to 72 hours to reach Delhi. Therefore, the residents who use the Yamuna land for agriculture or the ones who live in slums on the land, have been asked to vacate the land. Meanwhile, this is the first time that the water-level in the Yamuna is expected to increase in the month of June.

204.83 metre-Danger Level   

The normal water-level of Yamuna in Delhi is around 202 metre but the alert is sounded when it touches the level of 204 metre. When it reaches above 204.83 metres, the level is said to be dangerous. So far, no official announcement to this effect has been made but it is being said that the water-level may go up by Wednesday.

Control Rooms established

Last Wednesday, the Delhi government, fearing floods, had directed all the agencies to keep an eye on the water-level of the Yamuna. Two twenty-four, round-the-clock control rooms have been set up. First control room has been set up in the office of Deputy Commissioner (East Division). Contact number is 011-220512324. The other control room is situated at Kashmiri Gate bus stand. Contact number is 011-23861837.