Delhi likely to face water shortage as extra Yamuna water supply deadline ends

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Posted: May 21, 2018

As the deadline for extra Yamuna water supply from Haryana government ends on Monday, the residents in Delhi are likely to face water shortage from Tuesday. Despite the matter being subjudice, there has not been any solution to Delhi-Haryana water sharing dispute yet.

The Haryana government in its last submission to the Supreme Court had stated that it would continue extra water supply to Delhi only till May 21. With the statement of the neighbouring state’s government, the Delhi government panicked and urged the court to resolve the matter.

The court did not pass any directive in this regard. However, it had directed both the state governments to resolve the conflict on their own.

On May 16, Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal wrote a letter to Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar requesting him not to discontinue the supply of extra water to the national capital especially during the summer.

Kejriwal had earlier written separate letters to Delhi LG Anil Baijal and Prime Minister Narendra Modi urging them to find a solution to the ongoing water dispute between Dehli and Haryana.

When City Spidey contacted Delhi Jal Board (DJB) to know whether the dispute was resolved, an official said, “We have not received any message from the Haryana government so far. But, I don’t know whether both the governments had any communication regarding this issue.”

As per the DJB, Delhi is currently getting 851 million gallons per day (MGD) against the normal peak summer supply of 916 MGD. The shortage of water supply to the Wazirabad water treatment plant (WTP) is causing water crisis in Lutyens’ Delhi.

“We are diverting water from other centres to Wazirabad and Chandrawal water treatment plants. This is leading to low water pressure across Delhi. Our goal is not to stop water supply in any area but if we continue to receive less water from Haryana then it can create a worrisome situation,” a senior official said requesting not to be named.

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