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'Delhi being given more water than its share'

chandigarh Updated: May 29, 2013 01:25 IST
HT Correspondent

Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Tuesday said that Haryana was supplying more water to Delhi than its legitimate share as per 1994 memorandum of understanding.

Speaking at the fifth meeting of the upper Yamuna review committee in New Delhi, Hooda said that the carrier lined channel (CLC) had been completed by Haryana and Delhi must plug the unauthorised cut so that CLC may become operational.

Presided over by the union water resources minister Harish Rawat, the meeting was attended by Delhi chief minister Sheila Dixit, Haryana irrigation minister Harmohinder Singh Chattha, Rajasthan water resources minister Hema Ram Choudhary, Uttar Pradesh irrigation minister Shiv Pal Singh Yadav, Himachal Pradesh power minister Sujan Singh Pathania, besides senior officials.

Hooda hoped that the construction of upstream dams on river Yamuna at Lakhwar Vyasi and Kishau would now be fast-tracked. On the situation of water availability in Haryana, he said that the state had only 14 million acre feet (MAF) of water as compared to the requirement of 36 MAF. “Haryana is getting much less water from Yamuna at Tajewala than the water supply to Delhi despite the fact that during the lean period Delhi's share was much less as compared to Haryana's share,” he said.

There was also decline in the contribution of water from Sahibi, Krishnavati and Dohan rivers and tributaries of Yamuna because of the construction of check dams by Rajasthan in the catchment areas of these rivers. This had resulted in acute problem of water in southern Haryana, he said.

Hooda supported the proposal of Rawat regarding expediting the construction of storage projects at Renuka, Kishau and Lakhwar Vyasi. On the issue of water problems with Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan, Hooda said that these would be sorted out during meetings with these states.

Rawat emphasised that instructions of the Supreme Court must be followed and commitments must be fulfilled in a time-bound manner. He asked Delhi to keep Uttar Pradesh and Haryana informed about the position of treatment of the polluted Yamuna water.