Central data backs Haryana claim on water

  • Hitender Rao and Nivedita Khandekar, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh/New Delhi
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  • Updated: Jun 22, 2012 10:59 IST

On a day the Delhi Jal Board (DJB) continued to claim shortage at the Haiderpur treatment plant, readings by the Centre’s monitoring agency have established that Haryana is providing more water to Delhi than the rated capacity of both the Haiderpur and Wazirabad plants.

A DJB official on Friday said the water level at the Haiderpur treatment plant remained low, resulting in a shortage of about 15 million gallons per day (MGD).

On the other hand, the Upper Yamuna River Board (UYRB), the central agency entrusted with the task of monitoring the flow of water between the two states, has reported that Haryana is providing more water to Delhi than its due share.

As per Central Water Commission (CWC) data, on Friday, Delhi received 213.5 MGD water at Haiderpur while the production was pegged at about 202 MGD, said a UYRB official.

Two water commission teams have been deployed at the Haiderpur and Wazirabad treatment plants on behalf of the board since June 18, a day after the chief ministers of the two states met in Delhi.

Earlier too, CWC data between June 18 and June 20 showed Haryana had been supplying more than the mandated quantity.

“We have always maintained that we were supplying more water to the national capital. Statistics provided by an independent agency have vindicated us,” said a Haryana Irrigation department spokesperson.

A DJB official countered, “The water flow data will fluctuate. We have requested UYRB to acquire data for a longer time.”

 

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