Munak Canal issue: Haryana to approach Centre

  • PTI, New Delhi
  • Updated: Nov 29, 2014 22:56 IST

Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Saturday said his government will contribute in resolving the Munak Canal issue as soon as possible to end the water woes of the national capital.

Khattar, who was felicitated by BJP's Delhi unit here, said that he would approach the Centre to find ways to resolve water scarcity in Delhi and Haryana.

"We will approach the Centre and find out the source of water from Punjab, Uttrakhand, Rajasthan and try to supply water from these sources to the national capital. Haryana will definitely contribute in resolving this matter as soon as possible," he said.

Noting that Haryana does not have its own source of water, the chief minister said that the national capital should also understand its requirements.

"Haryana also doesn't have its own source of water. We have to take water from Punjab, Uttrakhand and Himachal Pradesh. There is also shortage of water in our state as it doesn't have any river except Yamuna which only falls on the border of Haryana-Delhi," Khattar said.

Delhi High Court had recently directed Haryana to release water into Munak canal which could result in around 80-90 million gallons per day of water being saved that can be used by people here.

"You have to think that NCR is also developing as Delhi is growing. The water demand in Faridabad, Gurgaon is also increasing. Whatever we have to do in resolving water problem of Delhi, we will contribute to resolve it," the Haryana chief minister said while stressing on the increasing water woes of his state.

Union urban development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu on Thursday took up the issue of Munak Canal with Delhi Lt Governor Najeeb Jung.

Water from the Munak canal is expected to be supplied to the water treatment plants which cater to the residential areas of West and South Delhi.

Former Delhi chief minister Sheila Dixit had also raised this matter with Haryana government to end water woes in several parts, especially Dwarka, of the national capital.

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