There?s little for State. How do we share with Delhi?
UP AND Delhi are once again heading for a showdown over the supply of drinking water to Delhites. Irrigation Minister Mairajuddin Ahmad today said without quenching the thirst of Uttar Pradesh, there was no possibility of providing water to Delhi.Updated: Apr 04, 2006 01:32 IST
UP AND Delhi are once again heading for a showdown over the supply of drinking water to Delhites. Irrigation Minister Mairajuddin Ahmad today said without quenching the thirst of Uttar Pradesh, there was no possibility of providing water to Delhi.
Reacting to the Delhi Government plan to move court against Uttar Pradesh on the issue, Dr Ahmad told the ‘Hindustan Times’, “we are not intentionally creating problems for Delhi, but when there is no water, how can we provide it”.
He said the State Government was bound by the Tehri project agreement under which, UP would provide 300 cusecs of water to Delhi from its share of 4000 cusecs after its completion. He said the dam was unlikely to be completed before 2010.
Principal Secretary (irrigation) Amal Kumar Verma, however, said there could be no court case against UP on the issue. Verma said at Tehri Project Board meeting last month, officers said the completion would not be possible before 2010.
The minister said early water supply would be possible if there was good rain in Ganga catchments.
The minister said delay in the commissioning of the project had badly affected the State. He said available water was not enough to meet even domestic requirement.
Verma expressed concern over water crisis in Agra and adjoining regions. Before diversion of the Bhagirathi to the dam the State was getting 2200 cusecs water but now with the availability of only one stream of Alakhnananda, the supply had come down to 1000 cusecs. The Secretary (Irrigation) Anant Kumar Singh said the Delhi government was under impression that it was dam water.
He said the agreement for the supply of water was from the dam.
Thus, Delhi’s Sonia Vihar treatment plant would not be able to receive water in the near future from Uttar Pradesh.
First Published: Apr 04, 2006 01:32 IST