The ITO barrage, also Indraprastha barrage[1] and ITO Bridge,[2] is a 552 meter[1] barrage on Yamuna River, top of which also serves as the bridge on the Paharganj-Gaziabad Vikas marg.[3][4] Yamuna flows for 48 km in Delhi, including 22 km from Wazirabad barrage where it enters Delhi to Okhla barrage after which it enters Haryana.[5][6][7] Upstream barrage from ITO barrage in Delhi is Wazirabad barrage (north) and downstream is Okhla barrage (south).[8][6][7][9] Yamuna has a total of 6 barrages, from north-west to south-east, Dakpathar Barrage (Uttarakhand), Hathni Kund Barrage (172km from Yamunotri origin, replaced the older defunct Tajewala Barrage in Haryana), Wazirabad barrage (244km from Hathnikund to north Delhi), ITO barrage (central Delhi), Okhla barrage (22km from Wazirabad to south Delhi, "New Okhla barrage" is later-era new barrage) and Mathura barrage (at Gokul, Uttar Pradesh).[10][11][1][12]

ITO barrage
ITO crossroads, New Delhi in 1950.jpg
ITO crossroads next to barrage, New Delhi in 1950
ITO barrage is located in Delhi
ITO barrage
Location of ITO barrage in Delhi
LocationITO metro station in Delhi
CoordinatesCoordinates: 28°37′42″N 77°15′19″E / 28.628337°N 77.255186°E / 28.628337; 77.255186
Opening date?
Dam and spillways
Length552 m (1,811 ft)[1]
Landscape on a drizzling day near ITO in Delhi (c. 2010)

It is under the management of the Haryana Government, whereas Wazirabad barrage is managed by Delhi and Okhhla barrage is managed by UP Government.[13]


In 1988, improved design of expansion joints for long span bridges was adopted at the ITO Barrage bridge to strengthen the load bearing capacity.[14] In 1989 the survey was carried out from Wazirabad barrage to ITO barrage and from ITO barrage to Okhla barrage, with a proposal to introduce ferry service after improving water channel, though no further action was taken.[15] In early 2000s, HUDCO proposed to channelise Yamuna from ITO barrage to Kalindi Kunj Barrage, including developing commercial space.[16] Floodplain in this area is 2 to 3 km wide.[17] Prior to 2010, ITO Bridge and Nizamuddin Bridge were newly widened by constructing additional bridges parallel to the existing to ease the flow of traffic from the trans-Yamuna areas.[18]


Vijay Ghat to the ITO barrage has several Raj Ghat and associated memorials samadhis as well as Indira Gandhi Arena that was used for the Asiad 1982.[19] ITO Barrage also serves as the ITO bridge, the most important bridge for intra-city movements across river Yamuna.[20] The Yamuna water from ITO Barrage is used for the cooling of two units of Indraprastha Power Generation's thermal Rajghat Power Station located near ITO.[21]

Navigation restorationEdit

This barrage on Yaumna is part of National Waterway NW110, one of India's 111 National Waterways. Okhla barrage lies on the Delhi-Agra Yamuna canal waterway, from Okhla barrage to Agra via Agra Canal, steamer service is planned by the end of June 2017 with the help of Netherlands (c. Feb 2017).[22]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c d Regional plan
  2. ^ I. Mohan, 1992, Environment and Urban Development: A Critical Evaluation of Slums.
  3. ^ Construction of bridges over river yamuna.
  4. ^ For The Love Of A Dying River’: How I Found Yamuna Abandoned By Delhi, YouthKiAwaz, 9 June 2016.
  5. ^ [ YAMUNA FLOOD PLAIN - ENVIS Center on Human Settlement's] 30 June 2016.
  6. ^ a b Joginder Singh, 2010, India, Democracy and Disappointments, Page 504.
  7. ^ a b Sharad K. Jain, Pushpendra K. Agarwal, Vijay P. Singh, 2007, Hydrology and Water Resources of India, Page 348.
  8. ^ Okhla barrage to be shut at night for 45 days., Times of India, 20 Sept 2017.
  9. ^ 1967, Annual Research Memoirs, Central Water and Power Research Station (India)]
  10. ^ Bharati Chaturvedi, 2010, Finding Delhi: Loss and Renewal in the Megacity
  11. ^ ML Ahmed, Analysis of Discharge and Gauge-Level Data at Old Railway Bridge, Int'l Conference on Artificial Intelligence, Energy and Manufacturing Engineering (ICAEME’2014), 9-10 June 2014, Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia).
  12. ^ Bharati Chaturvedi, 2010, Finding Delhi: Loss and Renewal in the Megacity, Page 78.
  13. ^ Too many cooks spoil the broth , The Hindu, 29 March 2016.
  14. ^ Lok Sabha Debates, Page 115.
  15. ^ 2001, Delhi Urban Environment and Infrastructure Improvement Project (DUEIIP).
  16. ^ Darshini Mahadevia, 2008, Inside the Transforming Urban Asia: Processes, Policies, and Public Actions.
  17. ^ A.K. Jain, 2009, River Pollution, Page 16.
  18. ^ U. S. Jolly, 2010, Challenges for a Mega City: Delhi, a Planned City with Unplanned Growth.
  19. ^ 1981, Design, Volume 25, Page 32.
  20. ^ [V. Thamizh Arasan, 2004, [ttps:// Proceedings of the International Conferences on Transportation Systems Planning and Operation], Volume 1.
  21. ^ A.k. Jain, 2009, River Pollution, Page 62.
  22. ^ Steamer service to revive navigation in Agra Canal after 143 years, Hindustan Times, 1 Feb 2017.