Taps may run dry in South Delhi in the festive season, as Uttar Pradesh has threatened to cut water supply to Delhi.
The Capital, which receives around 20 per cent of its daily water from Uttar Pradesh, owes the state Rs 6.47 crore since last year as water dues.
Of that, it has so far paid only around Rs 1.13 crore, said KP Singh, superintending engineer of UP Irrigation department.
“We have sent a letter (to the DJB) to clear the remaining dues of Rs 5.34 cr immediately,” he said. “If the DJB fails to pay, water supply from Ganga canal may be snapped.”
Water from Ganga goes to two major plants — Bhagirathi and Sonia Vihar, both of which supply to South Delhi. While Bhagirathi treats around 100 million gallons per day, Sonia Vihar treats around 140 million gallons per day of water.
Around 42,000 standard buckets can be filled with one million gallon of water.
But this isn't new. Delhi has had these tiffs with UP several times in the past. Uttar Pradesh has never really acted on its threat of snapping supply.
"This is not some row between two private parties that they can snap the cut the (water) supply just like that," said R.K. Garg, Member (Water Supply), DJB.
"Today being a national holiday, I have not received any letter from UP. We will give them a reply tomorrow."
He admitted that payment to UP could have been delayed. "Payments between two governments may often get delayed due to several bureaucratic procedures," he said.
But the threat of having dry taps in the middle of a festive season has not gone down well with residents.
"The DJB is prompt in demanding water bill payments from us. But their own standard as a water client is not exemplary," said Renu Mehta, a resident GK-I.
"We thought since summer is over, the water woes are gone. But turns out the DJB had other plans," said Anil Kumar Shastry, a resident of Lajpat Nagar.