Water crisis: Delhi govt asks PMO for help after Haryana reduces supply from Yamuna
Haryana has been releasing 50 MGD less water to Delhi from Yamuna since May 8. As a result, north Delhi is facing serious water shortage.
A deficit of water supply from Haryana through the Yamuna on Tuesday resulted in supply shortage across several parts of the city, especially North and Central Delhi . The crisis, officials said, is likely to continue on Wednesday.
Delhi deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia on Tuesday said that he had a conversation with Lieutenant-Governor Anil Baijal over water shortage. “Delhi water crisis. Haryana not releasing Del’s share. I just spoke to LG n requested him to seek PMO’s intervention,” Sisodia said in a tweet.
Delhi Jal Board officials say that the release of water to Delhi through the Yamuna has been decreased by Haryana since May 8, 2017. The city is getting 80 million gallons per day (MGD) water less than what it usually gets. While the Capital is supposed to get 820 MGD of water, as of Tuesday, it was receiving 740 MGD.
The supply shortage, if not plugged soon, may cause major water shortage in the city, a senior DJB official said.
The supply shortage has disrupted the Wazirabad treatment plant’s operations, with many areas in North Delhi receiving erratic supply on Tuesday.
“The whole of north Delhi has been affected. People are getting very little water. Some are getting it on alternate days. The government needs to seriously introspect its water infrastructure,” said Ashok Bhasin, president of the North Delhi Resident Welfare Association Federation.
The crisis has even touched the power corridors of the Capital. According to a New Delhi Municipal Council official, supply to areas like President Estate, Parliament House, North Block, RML Hospital, Lady Hardinge Hospital, Gole Market, North Avenue MP flats, bungalows at Pandit Pant Marg and adjoining areas was stopped on Tuesday afternoon. Even All India Radio, government buildings on Parliament Street, Palika Kendra, Palika Bazar, entire Connaught Place, Vinay Marg, Satya Marg, Chankayapuri, parts of Sarojini Nagar were impacted.
“Water production at Chandrawal plant, which caters to NDMC area, was stopped at 11am. We couldn’t supply water in the evening to many areas falling under NDMC. However, production has been started and things will be better by Wednesday morning,” the official said.
A DJB official told HT that supply to Lutyens’ Delhi will resume but will be erratic and in low pressure. “Tankers have been deployed to affected areas and people can call the helpline numbers and get water,” he said.
The DJB distributes 900MGD of water in Delhi. Out of this, 543 MGD (almost 60 per cent) comes from Haryana and around 240 MGD from Uttar Pradesh through Upper Ganga Canal.
According to the official, Haryana is bound to send Delhi’s share of water as specified by a 1996 Supreme Court order.
Delhi Jal board officials have already met their counterparts in Haryana last week to discuss the issue but the stalemate continues.
Every summer, Delhi faces shortage of water and engages in a tussle with Haryana. Both states cite their annual requirements and claim the other was demanding water beyond the stipulated supply limit.