Water supply severely hit

Water supply severely hit

 Water supplies in the capital remained severely affected on Sunday due to the violent Jat stir for quota in neighbouring Haryana. With “no water left to be supplied after Sunday” in West, North, Central and parts of South Delhi, residents are only left at the mercy of water tankers from Monday.

The capital gets most of water from the Yamuna through the neighbouring state.
The protestors have damaged equipment that brings water from Munak Canal to Delhi, vandalized control buttons at the station and cut iron ropes through which the gates of the canal are lifted.

The government has said that even if the Irrigation officials of the Haryana government manage to reach the canal, it will take 24 hours to fix the systems.

However, according to a senior government official, the situation is not likely to improve even on Tuesday as the security forces had to “retreat” from the area and nothing could be done to fix the system.

 With this, seven plants have been shut down and all of Delhi, with the exception of east and parts of south has run dried from Sunday night.

The water in east and south is supplied from the only two functional plants right now – Sonia Vihar and Bhagirathi plants – which get water from Uttar Pradesh.

Appeal to SC
The government has also moved a petition in the Supreme Court in this connection which will come up for hearing at 10:30 am on Monday, Delhi’s Water Minister Kapil Mishra said.
“We have already released the morning supply and after this there is no water. It is going to be a messy affair,” said a DJB official.

An emergency meeting was held at the Delhi Jal Board (DJB) headquarters in the evening where Mishra took stock of the situation. From Sunday night water will be supplied from the Sonia Vihar and Bhagirathi plants through767 tankers to the rest of Delhi.

But these two plants produce only 240 MGD of water, as against the total production of 820 MGD million gallons per day.

“We cannot provide water to the whole of Delhi with this,” the official said.
A control room has also been set up at the DJB headquarters where the officials are monitoring complaints of water shortage.

“We are not sending our tankers randomly. We are collecting complaints of certain areas, aggregating them; analyzing data to find out the maximum number of complaints are coming from which parts and then sending tankers. Because the available water is the only water we have,” the official said.|

Meanwhile, the government also ordered all the schools to shut on Monday due to water shortage.

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