As the water supply situation remained grim on Thursday, the Delhi government has claimed that Haryana’s ‘foul’ act of curtailing water for the second consecutive day will result in a shortage of 30 million gallons per day (MGD) at the Wazirabad Treatment Plant (WTP) .
The shortage is likely to affect supply to west, north, New Delhi and the Walled City areas on Friday. Haryana, on the other hand, has rubbished Delhi’s claim and said it supplied the necessary water.
The situation on Thursday — a day after the Delhi Jal Board (DJB) had cried hoarse over getting less water — was better off compared to the previous two days, except for some colonies from west Delhi.
Mahesh Tak from Dwarka sector 10 said, “We are getting water only for about 20-25 minutes, five days a week.” But other areas were slightly better off. Saroj Rana from Shalimar Bagh, in northwest Delhi, said, “There was water supply today but it was less than usual.”
Echoed BS Vohra, president of East Delhi RWA Joint Front, “Several colonies in east Delhi such as Azad Nagar, Ram Nagar witnessed disrupted water supply today.”
“This is the second foul (play) by Haryana on waterfront after curtailment of water for Haiderpur plant resulting in short production of water by 15 MGD. In all, less production by 45 MGD in Delhi would leave most of people thirsty,” a government statement said.
Haryana has claimed the pond at the Haidepur WTP having a capacity of 425 cusec got 425 cusecs of water. “The pond at Wazirabad with a capacity of 210 MGD was filled with 210 MGD,” said Harmail Singh, engineer-in-chief, Haryana Irrigation. “These are entries from DJB’s log book, checked by our engineers, who went to both Haiderpur and Wazirabad,” he added.
The areas likely to be affected are: Patel Nagar, Moti Nagar, Kirti Nagar, Narela, Bawana, Wazirabad, Transport Nagar localities, areas north of Raj Path and the old Delhi localities.