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GoM formed to tackle water sharing dispute

delhi Updated: Jan 27, 2011 23:28 IST
Nagendar Sharma
Nagendar Sharma
Hindustan Times
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The Centre has stepped in to resolve the water-sharing dispute between Delhi and Haryana governments by forming a four member group of minister (GoM) to be headed by home minister P Chidambaram.

Other members of the GoM are human resources development (HRD) minister Kapil Sibal, law minister M Veerappa Moily and water resources minister Salman Khursheed.

The two chief ministers, Sheila Dikshit and Bhupinder Singh Hooda, will attend the meetings as special invitees, said a government source.

The GoM will look into the water-sharing dispute arising out of the newly constructed Carrier Lined Channel (CLC) between Munak in Haryana and Haiderpur in Delhi.

The much anticipated construction work has been completed four years behind schedule, but the two states are nowhere near a consensus on the issue of sharing water.

This channel made of concrete is expected to save 80 million gallons of raw water every day and both the states have staked their claim on the saved water.

Of the water released by Haryana for Delhi, the Munak Canal will save water that is being lost due to leakages and seepage.

It is expected to help in running the 20 million gallons daily (MGD) water treatment plants at Okhla and at Bawana, and a 50 MGD water treatment plant at Dwarka.

The GoM will look into the argument being given by the Delhi government demanding its share that it has paid around R350 crore for the construction of nearly 80 per cent of the channel in its territory.

Haryana has opposed any water sharing, saying it has been generously providing water to its neighbour even though its own demand has gone up in the recent years.

Various studies have blamed water theft and leakage as main reasons behind the Delhi government's inability to bridge the gap between demand and supply in the Capital.

There is a gap of nearly 400 MGD daily between demand and supply in the Capital and the state government is banking on the new channel to narrow down the gap.