Boat operations stopped in Kashi

Boat operations stopped in Kashi

Varanasi: In view of the continuous rise in water level of Ganga, the district administration has imposed a ban on boat operations till September 15. The rising trend of Ganga also continued in neighbouring districts Mirzapur, Ghazipur and Ballia. However, the river was still flowing below the danger marks at all the places.

According to the Varanasi district magistrate Kaushal Raj Sharma, the restriction on boat operations has been imposed in the interest of public safety. The police stations of the respective areas have been directed for the compliance of the order.

The swelling river has broken the connectivity of the ghats, and made them slippery. The flooded river has submerged the ghat steps along the entire stretch of the riverfront in the city. Besides, the river is also on the rise in neighbouring districts.

Boat operations stopped in Kashi

According to the flood bulletin of the Middle Ganga Division-3 of the Central Water Commission, the water level of Ganga rose up to 0.5 mt in the last 24 hours in the city. The river was flowing at the mark of 65.79 mt on Wednesday, about 5.47 mt below the danger mark (71.262mt).

In Mirzapur, the river’s water level rose up to 0.54mt in the last 24 hours, though the river was flowing 6.56mt below the danger mark (77.724mt) on Wednesday.

Ghazipur too recorded a rise of 0.40mt in water level of Ganga on Wednesday, though the river was flowing 3.74mt below the danger mark (63.105mt).  Ballia is facing a grave flood threat with water level approaching the danger mark. Though a rise of 0.14mt was recorded in the last 24 hours, the river was flowing just 1.21mt below the danger mark (57.615mt) on Wednesday.

 

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