NEW DELHI: Close to 14,000 people living in low-lying areas along the Yamuna in Delhi were evacuated till Tuesday noon as the river was flowing at 206.08 metres after crossing the danger mark.The water level in Yamuna may swell even further after Haryana released 25,590 cusec of water from a barrage on Tuesday. According to a Delhi government official, Haryana released 25,590 cusec of water from the Hathinikund Barrage at 5 pm and the water level in Yamuna is likely to reach 207.08 metres between 2 pm and 4 pm on Wednesday. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder However, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said the current situation is under control. Kejriwal told reporters on Tuesday, “We have come to know that the Yamuna river is flowing at 206.20 metres. Currently, the situation is under control.” The Yamuna breached the danger mark of 205.33m on Monday night and was expected to get more water by late Tuesday or early Wednesday from upstream in Haryana, said, a Flood Control Department official. The water level was rising due to rains in northern India and discharge of water from Hathni Kund Barrage in Haryana. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchings”Water is being released from the barrage every hour,” the official said, adding Haryana released 8.28 lakh cusecs of water on Sunday evening. The water discharged from the barrage –which provides drinking water to Delhi –normally takes 72 hours to reach the capital, the official said. Hundreds live along the banks of the Yamuna and they were being moved to safer places since Sunday. “Till Tuesday, over 13,635 people from low-lying areas across the city have been shifted and the process is still on. More people will be shifted as we are expecting more water by late Tuesday night,” the official added. The Yamuna crossed the “warning mark” of 204.5m late on Sunday night and the process of shifting people started then. On Monday, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal urged people living in the floodplains to move to the tents set up by the Delhi Government. The government has set up 46 relief camps with 2,120 tents having electricity, water, food and toilets. In view of the rising water level in the Yamuna river in the national capital, the District Magistrate (East) has issued orders to evacuate people and shift them to relief camps or safer locations. “The water level in Yamuna is rising due to heavy rains as well as release of water from Hathni Kund Barrage. Yamuna water level may further rise up to 207 metre at Old Railway Bridge, putting risk to public life and property,” read the order by K Mahesh, District Magistrate (East) on Monday. Haryana releases water during monsoon. In 2013, it released 8.06 lakh cusecs of water, pushing up the Yamuna’s level in Delhi to 207.3m. “Considering the huge volume of water released on Sunday, Yamuna’s water level may cross that mark this time,” the official added. Delhi witnessed the worst floods in 1978 when the river’s level touched a record 207.49m.
New Delhi: Over 1,100 parks have been developed so far across the country under the Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT), an official said on Sunday.According to the Union Housing and Urban Affairs (HUA) Ministry, more than 4,288 acre of land is being enriched as green spaces and parks under the mission, a flagship programme of the central government. Development of parks and public places is one of the major thrust areas under the mission to increase the amenity value of the cities by developing greenery. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”So far, a total of 1,159 parks have been developed across the country under AMRUT,” the official said. He said the components of parks developed include children friendly equipment, divyang (disabled) friendly features, open gym, besides providing park-related softscape and hardscape elements and other horticulture works. The AMRUT was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in June 2015 in 500 cities across the country, covering about 60 per cent of the total urban population. Around Rs 1,768 crore was allocated for the green spaces and parks sector, and a total of 2,355 park projects costing Rs 1,522 crore was taken up under the AMRUT, the HUA ministry said.