Delhi: Rail traffic on old Yamuna bridge restored

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New Delhi, July 30: 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 7 others on the route.

“At 12.20 a.m., the old Yamuna Bridge (Loha Pul) temporary closed for rail traffic as the water level has reached at 205.53 metre mark,” an NR official told news agency IANS.

On Sunday evening, the order for closing the bridge was issued by the Delhi Police at 8.25 p.m. after the water level reached 205.52 metres.

Meanwhile, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday directed his Transport Minister Kailash Gehlot to visit the people affected by the flood waters of the Yamuna river and ensure arrangements for the displaced people. The authorities, meanwhile, continued evacuating the affected people to safer places.

“Directed Kailash Gehlotji, Minister-in-charge, to visit the area along with all officers and ensure proper arrangements,” Kejriwal tweeted, attaching a news report about people complaining of “no arrangements from the Delhi government”.

Gehlot responded to Kejriwal’s tweet with: “Will visit this area around 9.30 a.m. along with Divisional Commissioner and other officers to ensure that all arrangements are in place,” Gehlot tweeted.

According to the Delhi government, over 1,000 families had been evacuated till Sunday morning.

Incessant rainfall and release of water by Haryana’s Hathini Kund Barrage caused the water level to rise. It is expected to rise to 206.60 meters on July 31, a flood department official said.

Haryana had released 6,00,000 cusecs of water at 6 p.m. on Saturday.

The water released at Hathnikund barrage, which provides drinking water to New Delhi, normally takes 72 hours to reach the city.

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