No full stop on dry days

No full stop on dry days

Haryana turns down Delhis plea for more water in peak summer

The severe water crisis in Delhi is likely to continue as city government's efforts to get additional water from neighbouring Haryana to ease the worsening situation did not fructify.

At a meeting here, Delhi chief Secretary P K Tripathi asked his Haryana counterpart P K Chaudhery to release more water to Delhi to address the problem of water shortage but his request was turned down. Chadhery said his state also faced the same situation.

Asked about outcome of the meeting, Tripathi said both sides agreed to improve coordination in matters relating to withdrawal of water by Delhi from Yamuna barrage for Wazirabad and Hedayatpur water treatment plants.

“We have decided to improve coordination among the two sides,” he said.

Sources said Tripathi requested Chaudhery to provide additional water to Delhi apart from the daily supply of 1,000 cusecs but the Haryana chief secretary expressed inability to do so.

Several areas of Delhi have been facing severe water shortage for the last few weeks. The situation deteriorated further in south Delhi on Saturday when a major pipeline broke down after an under-construction building fell on it.

Delhi Jal Board chief executive officer Debashree Mukherjee said the broken pipe has been repaired and supply through it will resume soon.

The current average demand of potable water in the city is around 1,100 mgd (million gallons per day) and currently Delhi Jal Board supplies around 800 mgd water across the city after treating raw water in its treatment plants.

The demand is projected to touch around 1,400 mgd by end of the 12th Five Year Plan in 2017.
Delhi relies heavily on neighbouring states like Haryana and Uttar Pradesh for supply of raw water.

Haryana accuses Delhi of drawing more water than the allotted quantity from the Yamuna barrage for Haiderpur and Wazirabad water treatment plants while Delhi has charged the neighbouring state with not releasing the agreed volume of water.

Asked whether the unresolved dispute between the two states on Munak canal issue figured in the meeting, Tripathi said the matter will be discussed at the political level.

The canal was constructed by Haryana with financial assistance of around Rs 400 crore given by Delhi government on the condition that the national capital will be supplied 80 MGD water from it.

But later, Haryana refused to supply the water to the city.As both sides failed to settle the dispute, the Centre had set up a Group of Ministers to find a solution to the matter.

Haryana has opposed any water-sharing, saying it has been generously providing water to its neighbour even though its own demand has gone up in recent years.

Construction work on the 102-km canal between Munak in Haryana border and Haiderpur in Delhi has almost been completed.The canal has been constructed to stop loss of water through leakages in various existing canal along the Yamuna.

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