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Centre asks UP Govt to release water to Delhi

The Centre has asked the neighbouring state to release 300 cusecs to help the capital tide over its summer crisis.

india Updated: Apr 03, 2006 19:22 IST

The Centre has asked the neighbouring state to release 300 cusecs to help the capital tide over its summer crisis.

Union Minister of Water Resources Saifuddin Soz, who spoke to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav on Sunday, asked him to release 300 cusecs of water from the Tehri Dam to meet the urgent and genuine requirements of the people of Delhi.

Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit had on Sunday met Solicitor General GE Vahanvati to explore the legal options to get water from Uttar Pradesh for its Sonia Vihar plant, which is yet to start operations.

Soz's move is seen as an attempt to avert any possible legal conflict between Delhi and Uttar Pradesh.

"The provision of drinking water was a crucial human responsibility of all governments, and we must jointly strive to help the citizens of Delhi by way of augmenting the water supply," Soz told Yadav during their telephonic conversation.

He said Delhi's water requirements were urgent and genuine and something was needed to be done.

Soz had in a letter to Yadav last month suggested that the state release at least 200 cusecs of water to Delhi in case it was finding it difficult to release 300 cusecs.

The release said Yadav assured Soz that he would consider the matter afresh.