Recently, the water levels of the Yamuna river reached a 60-year high.
For the first time in half a century, the Yamuna waters advanced towards the iconic Taj Mahal.
Yamuna River System
The Yamuna river system includes the river and its adjoining lands.
The river passes through several states: Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Delhi, Rajasthan, and Madhya Pradesh.
It has a vast drainage area covering 366,220 square kilometers.
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Yamuna River Course
The Yamuna river enters Delhi from the village of Palla, which is located 38.5 km from the national capital.
It exits Delhi at the Okhla barrage.
The river can be divided into three stretches within Delhi:
Northern stretch: From Palla to Wazirabad barrage, spanning 26 km.
Central stretch: From Wazirabad to Okhla barrage, spanning 22 km.
Southern stretch: From Okhla barrage to Jaitpur village, spanning 4 km.
The floodplain between Palla and Okhla undergoes various changes, ranging from farmlands to slums, colonies, flyovers, and bridges.
It also includes permanent structures like the Ring Road and the Akshardham Temple complex.
Area and Boundaries
The floodplains are designated as O zone by the Delhi Development Authority.