The Haryana government on Tuesday agreed to continue extra Yamuna water supply to Delhi for next ten days. The city was under the threat of water scarcity as the deadline for supply of water ended a day before.
The Delhi Jal Board (DJB) has got temporary relief as it will have enough water to meet the demand of citizens in the next one and half weeks. However, the threat of water crisis still looms large as there is no permanent solution yet.
The final outcome on this issue is expected to come on Wednesday when the officials from both the neighbouring state governments will discuss the issue before Upper Yamuna River Board (UYRB).
In the meeting, Delhi has high hopes from UYRB to come out with a long-term solution to water sharing between two states. The UYRB, which is a subordinate office of the Union Ministry of Water Resource, will look into the Yamuna water sharing including Okhala Barrage.
The UYRB came into the picture after the Supreme Court’s direction to the Delhi government to approach it for a long-term solution.
“DJB has approached UYRB with a request to bring out a long-term solution for us. The board has agreed to look into the matter. The board has also asked Haryana government officials to be present in the meeting. We are hopeful that a long-term solution would come out in the meeting,” said a DJB official.
The official also told City Spidey that Delhi had received 40 MGD water from Haryana on Monday. According to the official, the areas such as Malviya Nagar, Uttam Nagar, Janakpuri, Vikashpuri, Lodhi Road, Greater Kailash, Dwarka and many others are facing water shortage.
The official further told that water supply to Delhi through Munak Canal has been reduced despite the possibility of water wastage is less in comparison to Yamuna River.
“As Munak Canal is fully concrete, the maximum quantity of water can be supplied from Haryana to Delhi. On the other hand, hardly 50 percent of water supplied from Yamuna River reaches Delhi. DJB has been trying to convince the Haryana government to release water through Munak Canal so that maximum amount of water can be used.”