NEW DELHI: As water level of the Yamuna river reaches an all time high, the Delhi government has shut down vehicular movement on the infamous ‘Loha Pul’, an old iron bridge over the river.
आज शाम तक यमुना का जलस्तर और बढने की संभावना के कारण Deputy Magistrate ने यमुना नदी का लोहे वाला पुल दोनों तरफ से बंद कर दिया गया है I
— Delhi Traffic Police (@dtptraffic) August 19, 2019
The Delhi Traffic Police in an official tweet said, “Due to rise in water level in Yamuna river, Deputy Magistrate has ordered a complete shutdown of the Iron bridge from both sides.”
The river is currently flowing above the warning mark at 205 metres while the danger mark is 205.33 metres. The river is in spate following the release of huge amounts of water from Hathni Kund barrage in Haryana.
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has called an emergency meeting of officials concerned to assess the preparations. The Delhi government has issued orders for evacuation of people from low-lying areas and civil defence volunteers have been deployed for rescue operations. “We have deployed forces. Our departments is ready for rescue operations. We got to know that water has been released from the Hathni Kund Barrage. We will ensure that people shift to safer places,” Lalit Goyal, Civil Defence officer, stated.