The Haryana government has agreed to find a solution to the drinking water problem in Delhi, Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar said on Monday.
The problem was discussed at a meeting convened by urban development minister M Venkaiah Naidu and attended by Khattar and Lieutenant Governor of Delhi Najeeb Jung.
The officials discussed about the agreement regarding the construction of the Munak canal for carrying Delhi’s share of water and the Delhi government’s contribution towards its construction.
Naidu urged Haryana and Delhi to find a solution to the water problems, keeping in view the inconvenience being faced by several parts of Delhi.
“The L-T and chief secretary of Delhi presented the view point of the Capital and sought implementation of the orders of the Delhi High Court. Factoring in an earlier order of the Supreme Court of 1996, we shall shortly take a positive decision in the best interest of the people of Delhi and Haryana,” Khattar later told the media.
The Delhi High Court on Thursday asked Haryana to start releasing water in the 102-km concrete canal, instead of the existing kuchha waterways.
When water is released in the kuchha waterways, a huge amount is wasted to leakage while Dwarka remains parched.
Haryana has been refusing to switch to the new channel because Delhi wants a share of the saved water, in addition to the regular supply.
“We’re not asking for additional water. Delhi has spent Rs 400 crore on the new canal that is unused since 2011. We must get what was earlier being lost,” said a senior Delhi government official.
The court has told the Delhi Jal Board to close a cut made in the canal and build a channel to take raw water to a treatment plant in Dwarka.