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WAZIRABAD PLANT Ask Haryana govt to release more water: Kejri to Mod

February 23, 2019 06:19 AM

COURTESY TOI FEB 23

WAZIRABAD PLANT
Ask Haryana govt to release more water: Kejri to Modi
TIMES NEWS NETWORK

New Delhi:

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, who is also the Delhi Jal Board chairman, has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking his intervention in convincing Haryana to increase the amount of water being released for the Wazirabad treatment plant to avert a crisis in NDMC areas and central Delhi next month.


The letter sent on Friday states that even though the matter is being pursued legally, intervention at the “highest level” is necessary to avert an “imminent water availability crisis” in NDMC areas from the second week of March. Kejriwal pointed out that while Haryana’s population is the same as Delhi’s, it gets about twice the water share.

“We are trying to resolve the long-term issues with Haryana before Delhi high court. This request letter is to bring to your kind attention the water crisis that may hit NDMC in the middle of March during which Holi will be celebrated and children will be facing board exams,” the letter reads.

According to the current estimate, about one-third of water production intended for NDMC and central Delhi is likely to be impacted.

“This will lead to curtailment of supply to the most important areas of Delhi due to sub-optimal operations of water treatment plants at Chandrawal and Wazirabad,” Kejriwal said.

“Going by last year’s experience, water in the Yamuna is likely to deplete or dry up in the middle of March. In this period, Haryana is required to send water from Tajewala to Delhi via alternative routes of CLC and DSB canals. This additional 120 cusecs water is just 5% of 2,400 cusecs available at Tajewala,” the letter added.

The letter cites a 1996 judgment of Supreme Court to argue in its favour. Para 10 of the judgment states: “We order and direct that Delhi shall continue to get as much water for domestic use from Haryana through Yamuna, which can be consumed and filled in the two water reservoirs and treatment plants at Wazirabad and Haiderpur. This order is not dependent on the MoU or any other proceeding that may be initiated under any other law between the parties

 
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