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Hooda, Dikshit meeting on water share row remains inconclusive

The much-awaited meeting between the chief ministers of Delhi and Haryana - warring over the quantum of water released as Delhi's share in the Yamuna river- remained inconclusive today.

chandigarh Updated: Jun 18, 2012 22:55 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times

The much-awaited meeting between the chief ministers of Delhi and Haryana - warring over the quantum of water released as Delhi's share in the Yamuna river- remained inconclusive on Monday.


It was, however, decided that Upper Yamuna River Board (UYRB), a subordinate organisation of the Union ministry of water resources will station its personnel at Haiderpur and Wazirabad water treatment plants to ensure that Delhi gets its legitimate share of water. "This will ensure proper monitoring and keep distortions away," a Haryana official said.

The meeting between Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit and her Haryana counterpart Bhupinder Singh Hooda took place in the presence of Pawan Bansal, Union minister for water resources, at Dikshit's official residence in New Delhi. Besides Haryana and Delhi officials, ministry for water resources secretary DV Singh and Prime Minister's Office (PMO) joint secretary LK Atheeq were present at the meeting.

Soon after the meeting at Dikshit's residence, Delhi Jal Board (DJB) CEO and Haryana's secretary, irrigation, met with the union water resources, secretary, for finalising a solution to the crisis.

The 'crisis' as Delhi government and the DJB officials claim is due to less discharge of water by Haryana resulting in 30-40 million gallons per day (MGD) production less at Wazirabad and Haiderpur water treatment plants for almost a week now. Haryana has already refuted the allegation and claimed it is releasing more than double the water.

Minutes after the first round of the meeting, Hooda told waiting mediapersons, "The fact of the matter is that we are giving Delhi more than its share. We have told them that it is because of heat that the demand has increased. We are supplying double than last year's quantum."

The supply through Munak carrier lined channel (CLC) will start only after the 'cut' made by Delhi is closed as per the group of ministers' decision, Hooda said.

To a question on what is the exact share of the national capital, he said, "Delhi is supposed to receive 238 cusecs (cubic feet per second), but actually getting 252 cusecs at Wazirabad."

He, however, refused to state the exact quantum of water that Delhi is demanding from Haryana.

Earlier in the day, Dikshit had instructed the DJB CEO to ensure even distribution of water across the entire capital and to reduce supply of water to Lutyen's Bungalow Zone and surrounding areas, housing all VIPs.

"This will curtail water supply to the CM residence too," Dikshit said, as she spoke about cutting down supply to her own residence to ensure equal distribution of water.

First Published: Jun 18, 2012 22:42 IST