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Hry CM writes to Kejriwal on water shortage

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Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar has written to his Delhi counterpart Arvind Kejriwal on the current water shortage of about 60 million gallons per day (MGD) in the national capital, saying it is just about 6.7 per cent of the total treatment capacity of more than 900 million gallons per day (MGD).

This can be resolved easily through internal actions of the Delhi Jal Board (DJB), said Manohar Lal.

In a demi official letter sent to his counterpart as a reply to his last month's letter, Haryana Chief Minister said: "I am told that complete facts are perhaps not being presented before you. You may like to pose a simple question to your officers as to which of the following three calculations maximise Delhi's water entailment from Haryana.

"These are worked out as per share and allocation of Delhi, worked out as per orders of the Supreme Court; and worked out as per orders of the Delhi High Court. The task of maintaining a particular level of Wazirabad pond has to be performed by the DJB itself. After operationalisation of Carrier Lined Channel, Haryana is giving entire supply at Delhi Contact Point Bawana itself,” said he.

"We have acceded to request of the Secretary of the Ministry of Water Resources to supply 120 cusecs through Diversion Drain-8 for the current summer only," said he.

"Delhi must make its own arrangements from the next year onwards as no supplies would be made through Diversion Drain-8 by Haryana on account of reasons explained in detail in our reply before the Supreme Court," he added.

The Chief Minister also pointed to the controversial stance of the Delhi government by referring to demi official letter written by Kejriwal on May 16.

"We have been discharging all our obligations set forth by Upper Yamuna River Board in terms of share and allocation of water to Delhi. Despite the consequent adverse impact on drinking water supplies to thousands of our villages and several towns, we have never reduced the supply to Delhi. In fact, currently we are supplying 120 cusecs over and above our obligations," said the Chief Minister.

“It is a harsh fact that the issue of shortage of raw water at Wazirabad and its impact on supplies of VVIP areas is being raised by the DJB every year for the past 20 odd years. The currently alleged shortage of about 60 MGD is just about 6.7 per cent of the total treatment capacity of more than 900 MGD,” added he.

Manohar Lal further told Kejriwal, “We have decided to extend the period of release of this additional water via DD-8 up to 30 June subject to the condition that Delhi withdraws all cases from the NGT and Delhi High Court. You would appreciate that multiple litigation is wastage of time and energy. I, therefore, also hope that in case of litigation by private persons, you would defend Haryana's stand of UYRB being the correct forum for deliberations and decision making on such issues.”

Kejriwal had written letters to Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal and Khattar, seeking supply of the same amount of water as the neighbouring state has been doing for 22 years.

He also expressed worry that disruption in water supply by Haryana would affect the functioning of the Chandrawal water treatment plant, which supplies water to VIP areas of Delhi, including Rashtrapati Bhavan, Parliament and embassies.




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