UP won?t wet Delhi?s parched throat
DELHITES will face a major water crisis this summer, as the UP Government on Wednesday firmly ruled out the possibility of providing drinking water to the national capital before completion of the Tehri dam.
The State Government had last year assured Delhi of supplying water from April 2006 to meet its requirements.
With UP now backing out, the Sonia Vihar treatment plant in Delhi is likely go dry.
Addressing mediapersons here on Wednesday, Irrigation Minister Dr Mairajuddin Ahmad made it clear the State would not be able to supply water to Delhi before 2010.
The minister said the construction of the dam had been inordinately delayed, causing a big loss to the State. He said UP had been getting 2,200 cusec water from the Bhagirathi, but after its diversion to the dam, the State was now getting 1,000 cusec. This was not enough for the State to meet its own domestic requirements, he added.
The minister also accused the Delhi Government of providing “sewage water” of the Yamuna to the people of Agra and Mathura.
“No water is coming, it is all sewage,” said principal secretary, Irrigation, AK Verma, who was also present at the Press conference.
The minister said of the 4,000 cusec water from Tehri dam, 3,700 cusec would be utilised by UP and 300 cusec would go to Delhi.
But it would be possible only after completion of the dam, he made it clear. He said though Delhi had agreed to share the financial burden of the project, it had not made any payment so far.
He said problems being faced by the State would be raised at Tehri Dam board meeting on Thursday. Verma also said UP had been providing 200 cusec water to Delhi and moves were now afoot to divert a part of it to Sonia Vihar.
Last year, also, a row had erupted between UP and Delhi over supply of water during summer. Once again it is threatening to snowball into a political tussle between the two States.
The minister said efforts were being made to improve quality of drinking water in Agra and Mathura. While Delhi has been pressing for 300 cusec water, the minister said as per agreement it could make such a demand only after commissioning of the project, which according to the officers of Tehri Hydro Development Corporation, would be possible by 2010.