The Ghaziabad administration deployed paramilitary forces and police at the two Ganga water regulators in Murad Nagar in view of a call for renewed agitations from Sunday by Jat leaders in Haryana.
The two regulators are among the vital installations in Ghaziabad and supply a major quantity of Ganga water to Delhi.
Senior officials in Ghaziabad decided to secure the two water regulators and deployed personnel of the Central Reserve Police Force and police, equipped with damage control equipment.
“Apart from deployment of CRPF, we also stationed police personnel from three police stations in rural areas. Our circle officers and station house officers are also deployed to prevent damage to the water supply units. The arrangement is a precautionary measure as there have been a number of attacks on the regulators in the past,” Rakesh Kumar Pandey, superintendent of police (rural) at Ghaziabad, said.
“We have also deployed fire tenders and Vajra vehicles to tackle possible attack by rioters,” Pandey said.
The two regulators are located barely a kilometre from the NH-58, over the Upper Ganga Canal. The last attack on the regulators took place in September 2014 by around 10,000 protesters from Rashtriya Lok Dal and Bhartiya Kisan Union. The rioters had climbed onto the regulators, cut through the security grille with axes and hammers, lowered the gates and barged inside the plant, and ransacked government property, causing major damage to the regulator and water plant at Soniya Vihar.
The two regulators at Murad Nagar supply nearly 282 cusecs and 200 cusecs of Ganga water to Soniya Vihar and Bhagirathi plants in Delhi, respectively. Apart from this, the UGC also supplies major quantity of Ganga water to Ghaziabad and Gautam Budh Nagar through the water treatment plants at Pratap Vihar.
Earlier this year, eight districts of Haryana were hit by large scale violence as members of the Jat community took out protests demanding reservations. The Ghaziabad police were deployed in huge numbers during these protests as well.