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Waterlogging Crisis in Delhi Due to Rising Yamuna River Levels


Delhi is currently experiencing a severe waterlogging crisis due to the rising water levels of the Yamuna River. The water level has surged to 208.13 meters, marking the highest recorded level since 1963.


GS III: Environment and Ecology

Dimensions of the Article:

  1. Cause and Impact of Increasing Water Level of Yamuna
  2. Yamuna River

Cause and Impact of Increasing Water Level of Yamuna

  • Heavy rainfall in upstream states such as Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Haryana, and Punjab.
  • Release of a substantial amount of water from the Hathnikund barrage in Haryana.
  • Flooding in low-lying areas of Delhi, affecting a significant number of people.
  • Disruption of transportation in the affected areas.
  • Water supply in Delhi impacted due to closure of water treatment plants.
  • Delhi government implementing a 25% cut in water supply.

Yamuna River

  • The Yamuna River is a major tributary of the Ganges in Northern India.
  • It flows through Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Delhi, and Uttar Pradesh.
  • The Yamuna-Ganga Plain, through which the river flows, is one of the world’s largest alluvial plains.
  • It originates from the Yamunotri Glacier in the lower Himalayan ranges.
Important Dam and Tributaries:
  • Lakhwar-Vyasi Dam in Uttarakhand and Tajewala Barrage Dam in Haryana are significant structures on the river.
  • Important tributaries of the Yamuna include Chambal, Sindh, Betwa, and Ken.
Government Initiatives:
  • Yamuna Action Plan: Implemented to address pollution and restore the ecological health of the river.
  • Delhi Government’s Six-Point Action Plan: Aims to clean the Yamuna by February 2025 through measures such as sewage treatment plant construction, riverfront development, and interception and diversion of untreated sewage.

-Source: The Hindu

December 2023