As Delhiites continue to face severe water shortage and the government goes on blaming Haryana for the present crisis, officials of Haryana irrigation department rubbished the government's claim.
According to senior Haryana officials, the state has been supplying adequate water to Delhi, amounting to more than 1,200 cusecs and the shortage of water is caused by "internal mismanagement".
"We are supplying as much water as the Delhi government had asked for. The shortage is not caused by us but because of politics; the blame has been put on the Haryana government," said a senior officer.
Delhi Jal Board (DJB) officials, on their part, insisted that production of water at various treatment plants has been affected for the fourth consecutive day due to the neighbouring state's refusal to improve supply to the city. They said production of water at various treatment plants had gone down by 40 million gallons per day.
Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit had even written to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Friday, seeking his intervention in making Haryana release adequate quantity of water to the Capital.
Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Vijay Goel, who met Haryana CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Saturday, told reporters that the Haryana CM has assured that there was no problem with the water supply from his state.
"I met the Haryana CM for an hour and he said that his state is supplying 1,210 cusecs of water to the Capital every day as agreed," said Goel. Goel added that the problem of water supply is mainly due to mismanagement and leakage. According to him matters have further aggravated due to the dispute between the two states over Munak Canal.
The canal was constructed by Haryana with financial assistance of around R412 crore by the Delhi government on the condition that the national capital will be supplied 80 million gallons per day (MGD) of water from it.
"But Haryana is sending water via other channels because, according to Hooda, the Delhi government has diverted a portion of the canal," said Goel.