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Water scarcity hits south, east Delhi as canal repair continues

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, May 17, 2013
First Published: 23:26 IST(17/5/2013) | Last Updated: 23:28 IST(17/5/2013)

Several parts of Delhi went without water on Friday as repair work on the breach in the Upper Ganga canal in Uttar Pradesh near Khatauli continued.

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According to Delhi Jal Board (DJB) officials, supply of raw water to the water treatment plants at Sonia Vihar and Bhagirathi remained curtailed, affecting production.

Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit assured that water supply in the Capital would be normalised within a week.

Given the increase in demand during summers, the DJB has requested the Centre to expedite the repair work. The Uttar Pradesh government has already assured that the breach would be mended as soon as possible.

“The Delhi government has requested both the Centre and the UP government to ensure repair work is carried out on a war footing,” said a senior Delhi government official. 

Water utility officials said they had rationalised water supply to affected areas in east, south and south-west Delhi to ensure that everybody’s needs were met. 

The DJB said the breach was discovered in the Ganga canal, near Khatauli, around 50 km upstream of Delhi.

Meanwhile, BJP workers led by state unit president Vijay Goel staged a demonstration outside the CM’s office.

MLA Ramesh Bidhuri said his constituency Tughlaqabad and areas such as Sangam Vihar had been facing acute shortage of water for the past many years.

The protesters accused the chief minister of not providing water to the people in the area despite repeated pleas.

Help from Haryana
Meanwhile, the Delhi chief minister on Friday requested Haryana to help the city tide over the water shortage.

“Haryana will release raw water out of UP’s share from the Yamuna from Tajewala. This would help in generation of more water at Sonia Vihar and Bhagirathi water treatment plants. With the release of 240 cusec from Tajewala and utilisation of water stored in Delhi, water supply is expected to become normal in south and east Delhi,” said a senior official.


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