Union minister of state for information and broadcasting Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore’s announcement to provide Yamuna water to Ramgarh Lake near Jaipur first has drawn criticism from Bharatpur residents.
On Saturday, Rathore had announced during a village function in Jaipur that under the link river scheme, water from Yamuna river will be provided to Ramgarh Lake first.
Reacting over Rathore’s statement, former executive engineer of the irrigation department Shiv Ratan Singh Dhankar said the minister should first study the agreement of 1994 between five states in connection with the distribution of Yamuna water, which gives Bharatpur first right over it.
A memorandum of understanding ( MoU) was signed between Rajasthan, Haryana, Delhi, Himachal Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh on May 12, 1994 for the allocation of Yamuna river’s surface water.
As per the MoU, Rajasthan’s share of water was decided to 1.119 billion cubic metres, of which Bharatpur was to get about 1,260 cusec water from Okhla head works near Delhi through the Gurgaon canal.
But even after a struggle of 21 years and a promise by chief minister Vasundhara Raje to get the state’s share of Yamuna water soon in June 2006, the district was still waiting for it.
Dhankar accused the state government of playing tricks with the people of the district.