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Board chief had ordered gap closed

chandigarh Updated: Apr 28, 2012 12:30 IST
Hitender Rao

Haryana government had in May 2011 brought to the notice of UYRB that Delhi government has made a cut in the bank of the CLC at RD 3,05,907 feet. Insisting that the cut be closed, Haryana said that such actions of Delhi could lead to diversion of water from CLC in excess of Delhi's share.

After analysing the contentions of the two states, the then chairman UYRB, ME Haque on December 30, 2011 in a report said: "In order to ensure that the works in respect of CLC are completed in a time bound manner, it is considered necessary that the gap (resulting from the cut) is closed. The Delhi government may for the time being defer the programme for construction of only that part of Dwarka WTP and Okhla WTP which is directly linked to CLC. This in no way should be construed as a suggestion for deferring the plans for utilising the water from CLC for any specific use by the Delhi government. After completion of CLC, the Delhi government may initiate appropriate action in this direction as per the MoU."

Subsequently, Delhi Jal Board made a representation to chairman, Central Water Commission on January 11, 2012, seeking a review of UYRB order. Haryana also filed a response stating that the review does not lay with chairman CWC but with Upper Yamuna Review Committee. No action was taken by CWC on the matter.

The DJB then filed a review application before the new chairman of UYRB, Chetan Pandit on February 17, 2012. Pandit in his review order of April 9, 2012 wrote: "Now that a breach has been made, from a purely engineering and economic perspective, it is reasonable that this is the right time to do the works for connecting the CLC to the new intake structure. Doing it later would mean having to close the CLC and disrupt supplies. Delhi has responded to Haryana's apprehensions by stating that the gates will remain closed, will not be opened and no water will be withdrawn till the matter is resolved."