Member of Parliament Kirron Kher raised the issue of getting more water from the Bhakra main line to Chandigarh, during a parliament session on Tuesday.
“Women in areas like Dhanas have to carry buckets of water through three or four floors because of the water shortage in Chandigarh,” Kher said in the Lok Sabha.
“Currently, Chandigarh gets 29 cusecs of water from the Bhakra main line as per the water sharing agreement of 1983. This is simply not enough to meet the water needs of people. While the administration is taking measures to ensure that rain water harvesting is done to increase the groundwater level, the union territory needs more water from the Bhakra main line,” she stressed.
Speaking on the demand and supply of water, Kher said, “By 2025, the UT population is estimated to grow to nearly 25 lakh and the water demand will be 800 million litres a day (MLD), an increase of 58% over the 2011 demand of 494.25 MLD. The demand supply gap in 2025 is expected to be over 330 MLD.”
Kher requested the government, particularly the home ministry and the ministry of water resources, to speak to the governments of Punjab and Haryana to ensure that a dedicated pipeline from the Bhakra main line is provided for Chandigarh. “This has been a long standing demand of the people of Chandigarh, and without this the state of India’s first planned city will deteriorate in the coming years,” Kher said.