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Yamuna Flowing Above Danger Mark in Delhi

The water level was rising due to rain in northern India and discharge of water from the Hathnikund Barrage in Haryana

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The water discharged from the barrage, which provides drinking water to Delhi, normally takes 72 hours to reach the capital, the official said. Pixabay

The Yamuna continued to flow above the danger mark at 206.44 metres at 6 p.m. on Wednesday but with the water level not rising any more. The river breached the danger mark of 205.33m on Monday night, and the authorities were expecting the level to go up to 207m by Wednesday.

However, the waters showed a receding trend since the wee hours of Wednesday, a Flood Control Department official told IANS.

“The water level, which was steady at 206.60 metres started showing a receding trend since afternoon. Although water is reducing, the situation is critical and we are keeping a close watch on it,” the official said.

The water level was rising due to rain in northern India and discharge of water from the Hathnikund Barrage in Haryana.

“Water is being released from the barrage since Saturday,” the official said, adding that 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.

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The water level was rising due to rain in northern India and discharge of water from the Hathnikund Barrage in Haryana. Pixabay

Thousands of people living along the banks of the river were moved to safer places. They have been asked to stay in the tents until the water level comes down to normal. Rail and vehicular traffic on the Old Yamuna Bridge was suspended as the water level rose. Delhi witnessed the worst floods in 1978 when the river’s level touched a record 207.49m.

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Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Revenue Minister Kailash Gahlot inspected a relief camp at Usmanpur on Wednesday on the east bank of the Yamuna. Delhi BJP president Manoj Tiwari, who is also a Lok Sabha MP from the city, visited the flood-affected areas of Kisan Basti, Usmanpur and Gadhi Mandu. (IANS)

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Delhi Has Become Worse Than Hell: Supreme Court

Polluted Delhi even worse than hell, says angry SC

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The Supreme Court of India said that hell is better than polluted Delhi. Wikimedia Commons

The Supreme Court on Monday said that Delhi has become worse than “Narak” (hell) in the wake of deteriorating air quality, mounting garbage and unfit drinking water, and asked why should not the state administration be held accountable to compensate people.

A bench of Justice Arun Mishra and Justice Deepak Gupta queried from Chief Secretary Vijay Dev, present before the bench: “Are you serious about water and air pollution in Delhi… you have just 55 per cent capacity to handle waste, what about the remaining 45 per cent?”

As the Chief Secretary sought to explain that Delhi governance is an issue due to dual power centres, Justice Mishra retorted: “Do not blame others, and think you can get scot free. You are liable to compensate the people. How much money is coming to clean the Yamuna River, and where it is going… What is the status of water in Delhi. We are taking suo moto cognizance of people’s right to get pure drinking water.”

The top court observed that life is not cheap in India anymore, and what was given in Bhopal gas tragedy is nothing compared to what is given to victims in similar cases worldwide. “What is the value of life you assess? People are suffering from bronchial asthma, do you know how many cancer patients are in Delhi,” the court said, adding Delhi government’s top administrative officer has no right to be on his chair.

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The Supreme Court also talks about the deteriorating air quality, mounting garbage and unfit drinking water in Delhi. Pixabay

“Can you monetise the reduction in life span?” the court asked.

Emphasising that state authorities are busy in passing the buck, and in fact, playing the blame game on the issue of water and air pollution in Delhi, an angry Justice Mishra said: “You are politicising the issue of pollution… why governments are not sitting together, instead of blaming each other… everything cannot be done under the noose of this court.”

The top court, hearing the response of Chief Secretaries of Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Delhi in connection with steps taken to curb air pollution, slammed top officials of the state administrations for showing lack of seriousness in responding to pollution matters which cause a direct threat to human life.

The judges said that they were shocked to notice that measures to cut down pollution from stubble burning were nil and steps were only being taken to penalise the violators, despite specific court orders.

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Pulling up the governments of Haryana and Punjab, the court said: “Why are people being forced to live in gas chambers? It is better to kill them all in one go… Get explosives in 15 bags at one go.”

The apex court also directed the Central Pollution Control Board to file a report on the adverse impact of factories in and around Delhi on the environment. (IANS)