Amid continued claims and counter-claims by Delhi and Haryana over the quantum of Yamuna’s water share, the Centre on Monday instructed one of its agencies to monitor the actual flow between the neighbours.
The Upper Yamuna River Board (UYRB), a regulatory body under the Union Ministry of Water Resources for monitoring Yamuna waters among its riparian states, will monitor the flow at the site where Haryana releases and Delhi receives its share, and also at the Wazirabad and Haiderpur water treatment plants (WTPs).
Dhruv Vijay Singh, secretary, Water Resources instructed the UYRB to carry out the monitoring at a meeting between chief minister Sheila Dikshit and her Haryana counterpart Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Monday. Pawan Bansal, Minister for Water Resources, too attended the meeting.
After the meeting, an official said, that the actual data — to be collected by Central Water Commission (CWC) personnel — would be reported to the secretary of the water resources ministry and also to the two state officials concerned on a daily basis.
However, the meeting remained inconclusive over issues such as Delhi’s claim of receiving 80 million gallons per day (MGD) water more and Haryana’s claim of not releasing water through Munak concrete-lined channel (CLC) unless Delhi closed the cut it had illegally made into it.
Later, officials from both sides held another meeting with Singh to find a solution to the crisis. The Delhi government has been claiming that there has been a 30-40-MGD shortage in the production at Wazirabad and Haiderpur water treatment plants for almost a week now due to less discharge of water by Haryana.
But Hooda told mediapersons on Monday, “We are giving Delhi more than its share. Delhi is supposed to receive 238 cusecs (cubic feet per second) of water but its Wazirabad plant is actually getting 252 cusecs.”
Earlier in the day, Dikshit had instructed the DJB CEO to ensure even distribution of water across the entire Capital and also to reduce the supply of water to Lutyens’ Bungalow Zone and surrounding areas, housing all VIPs.
“This will curtail water supply to the CM residence too,” Dikshit said as she spoke about cutting down supply to her own residence to save water equitable distribution.
Mukesh Sharma, leader of Delhi’s Congress legislative party, said, “We are hopeful that Haryana will release more water for Delhi on humanitarian grounds.”