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UP cuts supply; Delhi makes noise

india Updated: Sep 29, 2006 01:13 IST
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Sonia Vihar water plant

Uttar Pradesh has reduced the supply of water to Sonia Vihar Treatment Plant in Delhi. The state has cut the water supply to Sonia Vihar from eight cumsec to three cumec.

Fearing that water crisis may hit the city, the Delhi government has urged UP to release eight cumec water to run the plant.

The officials of the Delhi Jal Board reminded UP of the agreement inked at a meeting between both the states in May 10.

The meeting was held under Union energy secretary RB Shahi. The Jal Board officials urged the Irrigation Department to release water to the plant immediately.

In reply to the plea of the Jal Board officials, the UP Irrigation Department said that from 260 cumec water, Tehri Hydro Development Corporation (THDC) released 125 cumec on Wednesday. “Thus, we were left with no other option but to cut water supply to the Sonia Vihar Treatment plant,” they said.

Chief engineer (west) SC Sharma said according to the schedule prepared by the THDC, the corporation planned to store water up to 660 meters in the dam.

However, in September, the schedule was revised and the water level in the dam reached 784 meters.

“The THDC has assured us that 291 cumec water will be released from the Dam in September. But so far nothing has been done,” Sharma said.

“If we release five cumec water to Sonia Vihar, 65,000-hectare agriculture land will be deprived of water during the crucial kharif season. Already, farmers are facing problem due to deficient rainfall and fall in the water level of major rivers,” an officer of the Irrigation Department said. 

Meanwhile, the State Irrigation Department has blamed Delhi for making unnecessary noise over water supply to Sonia Vihar. Though we were not in a position to supply water to Delhi in May, we released three cumec on May 31, five cumec on June 10 and eight cumec on June 25.

“In this way, we have maintained the water supply to the Sonia Vihar,” the officials said.

Meanwhile, 200 cusec water was released from upper Ganga canal to Delhi Bhagirath Plant. To ensure that water is available at the Sonia Vihar during any crisis, the Delhi government assured UP that Bhagirath Plant will be connected with Sonia Vihar.

But the work was not completed, the officials said.

“The Delhi government has installed 150 hp water pump on the Yamuna barrage to lift water from the river. It is not allowing the UP officials to visit the site,” the officials rued.

“We will be in a position to release 300 cusec water to Delhi in 2010-11 when the Tehri Dam will be commissioned and UP will get 7000 cusec water,” the officials said.

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