Delhi water crisis: Now LG's entry, understand when the shortage of drinking water will be resolved

Ananya Shroff
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New Delhi: The capital Delhi is facing a severe water crisis these days. There is a huge shortage of drinking water in many areas of Delhi. The government is trying to supply water by sending water tankers to the areas, but even after this the problem is not being resolved. The Delhi government is blaming the Haryana government on this issue. There is a lot of politics on the water crisis, but the people of Delhi are bearing the brunt of it. Meanwhile, Delhi Lieutenant Governor VK Saxena has also got into this matter. He met Delhi government ministers Atishi and Saurabh Bhardwaj at Raj Niwas and reviewed the situation of water crisis. The LG assured the Delhi ministers that he would raise the issue of water supply before the Haryana government. But he advised both the ministers not to get entangled in 'allegations and counter-allegations' and resolve the issues amicably.

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Haryana accused of not providing water

It is worth noting that the ruling Aam Aadmi Party government in Delhi has accused the BJP-ruled Haryana of stopping Delhi's share of water for the last several days as Delhi is going through a severe water crisis amid the scorching heat. After the meeting, Delhi's Water Minister Atishi said that Lieutenant Governor VK Saxena has assured her to talk to the Haryana government and ensure that 1,050 cusecs of water of the capital's share is released into the Munak Canal.

LG assures to talk to Haryana

A statement issued by the lieutenant governor's office said Saxena assured the ministers that he would take up the issue of water supply with the Haryana government and request them to release additional water on humanitarian grounds. It said Saxena also advised the ministers to avoid “blame game” and stop wastage of water. “The lieutenant governor advised the ministers not to indulge in unnecessary blame game and resolve the issue amicably with the neighbouring states. He also pointed out that if Haryana releases additional water than its allocated share, Delhi does not have the water treatment plants (WTPs) and capacity to purify water and supply it to the residents of the capital,” the statement said.

Where is the water shortage in Delhi?

According to the officials of the Jal Board, about 21,500 people of the city are affected by the shortage of 1 MGD. In the last few days, most of the areas of Delhi are either not getting water supply or if they are getting it, it is much less than the requirement. This includes some areas of Munirka, Vasant Kunj, Mithapur, Kiradi, Sangam Vihar, Chhatarpur and Baljit Nagar. At the same time, there is also a shortage of water in Rohini, Begumpur, Vasant Kunj, Indira Enclave, Rohini, Sarai Rohilla, Manakpura, Dolivalan, Prabhat Road, Raigarpura, Beedanpura, Dev Nagar, Bapa Nagar, Naivalan, Baljit Nagar and East Patel Nagar.

Haryana's lie has been exposed by its own affidavit: Atishi

Delhi's Water Minister Atishi has said that Delhi is not getting as much water as it should. The water released by Haryana is disappearing somewhere and is not reaching Delhi. She said that ever since this matter has reached the Supreme Court, the water level of Wazirabad Barrage is continuously falling. The Haryana government is not releasing as much water as it should for Munak Canal and Wazirabad Barrage. The result is that all the water treatment plants of Delhi are not able to work according to their capacity and there is a water crisis in the entire Delhi.

Atishi again targeted the Haryana government

Atishi alleged that when we talk to the Haryana government, they say that they are releasing water, but where does this water disappear on the way. The lie of the Haryana government has been exposed by their own affidavit filed in the Supreme Court. The Haryana government did not give way to the water being sent from Himachal Pradesh and the conspiracy of the Haryana government did not stop here. Haryana is continuously releasing less water in the Munak canal even after the decision of the Upper Yamuna River Board. Before the elections in Delhi, Haryana has released less water for four days.

Atishi alleged that the affidavit given by the Haryana government in the Supreme Court clearly shows that instead of 710 cusecs of water to be released on 7, 8, 9 and 10 June, only 657 cusecs of water was released and instead of 330 cusecs of water to be released at another centre, only 310 cusecs of water was released. It is clear from the affidavit given by Haryana that it is releasing less water on the Munak canal. Due to which there is a water crisis in Delhi.

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