Delhi water supply situation to further worsen
Onset of summer is bad news for the city, particularly East Delhi that has already started facing water shortages. On the other hand, North and South Delhi has been facing low water pressure for the past one month.
Delhi Jal Board (DJB) officials cite the same old reasons for the poor water supply situation of the city – rising content of ammonia in Yamuna River and inadequate water supply from Haryana.
Jagdeesh Arora, a senior official in DJB who represents it (DJB) in several cases before the Delhi High Court and the National Green Tribunal (NGT) told City Spidey that two water treatment plants might be shut, which will affect the water supply in the city.
Arora further said, “Due to depletion of water level at the Wazirabad water treatment plant, (which currently stands at 671.3 ft against the normal level of 675.5 ft) and a reduction in the release of raw water in Munak Canal by Haryana, the production of the water treatment plants of Delhi have been adversely affected.”
“The situation may also result in a complete shutdown of the water treatment plants at Chandrawal and Wazirabad. The DJB is trying to rationalise the water supply. Therefore, water will be supplied at low pressure for the next few days, till the situation improves,” Arora added.
For a month now, DJB has been facing problems in terms of water treatment as the three plants at Wazirabad, Chandrawal and Haiderpur have not been running at full capacity. Of the total 900 MGD of water supplied in Delhi, nearly 60% comes from Haryana and the remaining comes from Uttar Pradesh.
Only last week, DJB had urged the National Green Tribunal to instruct the Haryana Government to release more water in the Yamuna.
Surprisingly, while the water situation is getting worse with every passing day, Delhi’s administration is witnessing a face-off between its elected representatives and bureaucracy. There is an ongoing blame game on another controversial subject- the Delhi Master Plan.
When City Spidey spoke to some other officials in DJB they were of the view that only officials should not be held responsible for the crisis. However, a senior official who spoke on condition of anonymity said, “Officials of the Haryana Water Department and the Delhi Government were supposed to meet on this issue last week. However this meeting could not take place because of the ongoing squabble between the politicians and bureaucrats. The alleged assault of Delhi Chief Secretary, Anshu Prakash, was one major reason for which this crucial meeting was cancelled.”