What?s common to water, power? Politics
AS THE mercury continued to rise in the scorching summer, the water politics gained greater dimensions with the State government using water supply to Delhi?s Sonia Vihar project as a pressure tactics to get more power to the districts of Western Uttar Pradesh.india Updated: Jun 02, 2006 01:24 IST
AS THE mercury continued to rise in the scorching summer, the water politics gained greater dimensions with the State government using water supply to Delhi’s Sonia Vihar project as a pressure tactics to get more power to the districts of Western Uttar Pradesh.
After asserting that there was no problem in supplying water to Delhi, Minister for Irrigation, Merajuddin Ahmad, today said the State government might be forced to review water supply to Sonia Vihar project if additional power was not given to UP. His remark came after statements of senior Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) leaders threatening to stop water supply to Delhi.
Significantly, this is not for the first time that the RLD had indulged in politicking on the water supply issue. It had forced Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav to retract on his assurance of supplying water to Delhi’s project even in 2005.
This year the State government, however, agreed to release water to Delhi’s project after Uttar Pradesh began getting additional water from the Tehri project.
The State government had also got a commitment for additional supply of power to Western UP in lieu of water to Delhi’s Sonia Vihar project, said the minister adding the State government had begun releasing two cusecs of water to Delhi’s project. “We may review the situation at the end of June 2006,” he said.
Officials, however, indicated that more water might be released once Uttar Pradesh began getting more water from Tehri dam project.
A senior officer said Centre had already decided to supply 50 MWs of additional power to Uttar Pradesh from its discretionary quota.
Yet there was no link between supply of water to Delhi’s project and additional supply of power to Uttar Pradesh, said the officer. Uttar Pradesh had agreed to supply water to Delhi only on the assurance of more supply of additional water from Tehri, he said. The only link between the supply of water to Delhi and power supply to UP was that both decisions were taken at the same meeting, he said.