Delhi’s looming water scarcity has been given a cold shoulder by the Haryana government, which is having its own share of water scarcity. The meeting that took place between PK Tripathi, Chief Secretary of Delhi and his counterparts in Haryana PK Chaudhary has not yielded any significant result.
“Given the ground situation it was felt that additional water from Haryana could help ease the situation before the arrival of the monsoon,” stated official sources. However, sources state that the request has been turned down by Haryana, which is likely to worsen the situation of the parched city. It is said that Tripathi made a request of an additional supply, which would be 1,000 cusecs ona daily basis. Haryana has also accused Delhi of drawing more than the allotted quantity of water from the Yamuna barrage for Haiderpur and Wazirabad water treatment plants. However, Delhi has refuted the charge saying that Haryana has denied the state its rightful share of water.
On the controversial issue of the Munak canal, Tripathi said that the discussions will henceforth be conducted at Central level, with a Group of Ministers constituted to find a solution to the unresolved issue. Munak canal was constructed by Haryana government, with a Rs 400 crore financial aid offered by Delhi. However the condition laid by the latter was that the national capital will be supplied 80 MGD (million gallons a day) water from Munak canal, which has not been catered to by Haryana.
Delhi has been reeling under acute water scarcity since sometime. With the bursting of a major pipeline in South Delhi, situations have worsened. The national capital relies on neighbouring states like Haryana and Uttar Pradesh for water supply and has a demand of potable water of around 1,100 mgd (million gallons per day). Currently 800 mgd water is being supplied across the city by Delhi Jal Board, following the treatment of raw water in water treatment plants. The state government is hoping to attain treatment and supply of 1,400 mgd by 2017, by the end of 12th Five Year Plan.
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