27 trains cancelled as Indian Railway closes Rail bridge on Yamuna due to rising water level
NEW DELHI: A day after the old Yamuna bridge, also known as ‘Loha Pul’ was shut down for road traffic, the Indian Railways announced on Monday that the bridge would be closed for rail traffic as well, resulting in the cancellation of 27 passenger trains and diversion of 7 trains.
The old Yamuna bridge, connecting the eastern part of the capital to Central Delhi, was shut down for rail and road traffic after the water levels in the Yamuna river reached 205.53 metres, crossing the danger mark of 204.83. The water level is expected to rise further after Haryana released over 6, 50,000 cusecs of water.
Meanwhile, the city government has set up a flood control room and a round-the-clock emergency operation centre to monitor the river situation.
“There is impending danger of floods due to this unprecedented rise in water level resulting in inundation of low-lying areas in the Yamuna bed and may also lead to loss of life and property,” the order issued by the District Disaster Management Authority said.
“The government has established a flood control room in the office of the district magistrate, District (East) at L M Bund, Geeta Colony. A 24×7 emergency operation centre has also been set up for monitoring the flood situation,” a senior official said.
Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia personally took stock of the ongoing evacuations in low-lying areas of the city, including in Akshardham and Pandav Nagar, and appealed to the public to move to safer areas. The most affected so far have been those living in slum areas on the Yamuna riverbed.