Yamuna river level rises, Khattar calls emergency meeting
The minister was told that 6,05,949 cusecs of water flowing from the Hathnikund barrage was passing through Karnal and would reach Delhi by tomorrow.
Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar today held an emergency meeting with senior officials in the wake of rising level of Yamuna river due to heavy rains in the catchment areas and directed them to stay alert to deal with any untoward situation.
He also conducted an aerial survey of the Hathnikund barrage located on Yamuna river in Yamunanagar district.
With the Yamuna flowing close to the danger mark, several villages were flooded leading to crop losses, officials said.
In some villages in Yamunanagar district, the flood waters entered houses and buildings.
Khattar sought information on the water level from the deputy commissioners of Yamunanagar, Karnal, Panipat, Sonipat and Palwal, and other officers through video-conferencing. He also reviewed the arrangements made by them, an official spokesperson said here.
The officers informed the chief minister that 6,05,949 cusecs of water were flowing from the Hathnikund Barrage in Yamunanagar till 6 pm yesterday. Earlier in 2010, 8.05 lakh cusecs of water passed through this barrage, and in 2013,b 7.5 lakh cusecs had passed, they said.
The Karnal deputy commissioner informed the chief minister that about six lakh cusecs of water were passing from Hathnikund barrage last evening, and its effect could be seen later during the day. The officers said the water level was gradually decreasing.
A sub-divisional officer and three junior engineers have been deputed at every 20 kilometers in Karnal. Heavy earth moving machines and 20,000 sandbags have been kept ready to deal with any untoward situation. Arrangements have also been made for evacuating people to safer places as the situation demands, the officers added.
An SDM-level officer has been made in-charge to keep a check on the situation. Also, arrangements of sandbags, JCB machines, and other machinery have been made, they said.
A team of State Disaster Management force has already been put on alert.
After holding a meeting with officials here, Khattar said 'special girdawari' (revenue survey) would be conducted to assess the damage to the crops caused by floods and rains.
He added that due compensation would be given to the affected farmers.
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