Yamuna river rise: Rail traffic on old Loha Pul bridge restored; water level safe for train services

30 July 2018, 03:02 PM
Yamuna rise: Rail bridge closed as water level breaches danger mark (File Photo)
Yamuna rise: Rail bridge closed as water level breaches danger mark (File Photo)

The Rail traffic on the old Yamuna bridge, which was affected following the heavy rains across Delhi, has been restored as the water level of the river is currently safe enough for the passing of trains, the Northern Railway said on Monday.

However, Railways engineers are monitoring the site and bridge health in order to avoid any untoward incident.

"Rail traffic on old Yamuna bridge has been restored as the water level of Yamuna is safe enough for the passing of trains. Railways engineers are continuously monitoring the site and bridge health," Nitin Chowdhary, CRPO Northern Railway told ANI.

In the wake of rising water level of Yamuna, the old Loha Pul bridge on the river was temporarily closed leading to a cancellation of 27 passenger trains and diversion of seven others on the route.

"The old Yamuna bridge 'Loha Pul' has been temporarily closed for rail traffic as the water level has reached at 205.53 marks," a statement released by Indian Railways stated.

"Due to the closure of Yamuna bridge, 27 passenger trains have been cancelled and 7 trains diverted," the statement added.

The national capital is on high alert in view of this flood-like situation due to heavy rainfall in the catchment areas for the last couple of days.

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Meanwhile, Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar conducted an aerial survey of Hathnikund barrage and directed another survey of flood-affected areas. Khattar has also assured compensation to the farmers who have lost their crops following the incessant rains in Delhi-NCR from the last few days.

On Saturday, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal held an emergency meeting with the Chief Secretary and the Flood Control Department on the possibility of flood in the city due to the release of 5 lakh cusecs water from the Hathnikund barrage.

The AAP minister has also directed adequate supply of power, food and drinking water. Medical emergency teams are also put in service to complete the evacuation process.

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Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia has been taking stock of the ongoing evacuation work in the low-lying areas around Akshardham and Pandav Nagar. He had appealed to the people to move to safer areas fast. The water level had reached 205.53 metres so far, prompting authorities to rescue people from the low-lying areas.

Earlier, hundreds of people living on the river bed and low-lying areas are being shifted out as a flood threat loomed following the sharp rise in the water level of Yamuna.

First Published: Monday, July 30, 2018 09:27 AM
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