As torrential rains continue to lash Delhi, water levels of Yamuna have been on a steady rise. This has presented an unpleasant situation for the people who live in slums on the banks of the river.
Throughout the stretch of the river in Delhi, it has 20-25 slums lined across its banks. When it rains, the occupants have to move from their homes as it so happens that the waters wash away their shacks.
The administration and Delhi Police have informed the residents of the dangers and when the situation becomes critical, the residents are also provided with tents elsewhere.
Residential areas including Mayur Vihar Phase 1, Geeta Colony, Usmanpur, Garhi Mandu, badarpur, Khadar, ISBT Bridge and Shakarpur will be the worst affected. The Hathnikund Barrage is also set to release 1 lakh cusecs of water, adding to the the overflowing river and the residents’ dismay. The water released would reach the city by Sunday.
Officials report that the current water level is typical. Any further increase in the level would push the river towards the danger mark.
Flood control measures have already been administered in the city.
Now that these measures have been enforced, the residents have been moved and any projects along the banks have been halted by the government.
The halt will stay enforced until the measures employed have been lifted. Officials claim that given the current situation, the Yamuna might just touch the danger mark (204m) but the water level is not expected to increase any further.