Crisis over canal breach makes Sheila dial Haryana: Release more water

On a searing Friday,Delhi produced over 70 million gallons less water due to the breach,leading to taps running dry in most parts of South and East Delhi.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: May 18, 2013 2:03 am

While the breach in the upper Ganga Canal in UP,around 50 kilometre upstream of Delhi,was taken up for repair,Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit requested her Haryana counterpart on Friday for more water to be sent to Delhi through the Yamuna to fill up the deficit. On a searing Friday,Delhi produced over 70 million gallons less water due to the breach,leading to taps running dry in most parts of South and East Delhi.

Water from the Tehri Dam through the Upper Ganga Canal feeds a 100 millions gallons a day (MGD) Bhagirathi water treatment plant (WTP) and the 140 MGD Sonia Vihar WTP in Delhi. A breach in the Canal near Khatoli,UP,on Thursday curtailed Delhi’s share by 20 per cent.

While water utility officials said the breach would take several months to be repaired. However,a coffer dam was being built to restore supply in the meantime.

“Meanwhile,Delhi has requested Haryana and UP to release more water for Delhi through the Yamuna. To fill up the deficit,Haryana has agreed to release additional water through UP’s share from the Tajewala barrage,” BM Dhaul,Delhi Jal Board member (water supply) said.

A statement issued by Dikshit’s office said,“With 240 cusecs from Tajewala and water from the storage tank in Delhi,the supply to South and East Delhi is expected to return to normal… It is worthwhile to mention that both Haryana and UP governments have responded quickly to Delhi’s call.”

The additional supply from Haryana,however,would take over 24 hours to reach Delhi,and another 24 hours for the system to lift the water,treat it,and put it into the supply channel.

“While supply to and from the Bhagirathi plant has been unaffected,supply from the Sonia Vihar plant had gone down to 75 MGD. We will be able to lift additional 15-20 MGD from the Yamuna on Saturday morning. Supply to the affected areas in South and East Delhi has been rationalised,so at least requirement for drinking water is taken care of,” the DJB official said.

Meanwhile,protestors from the Bharatiya Janata Party’s Delhi unit were lathicharged by the Delhi Police while they held a demonstration in ITO against water shortage in the city.

Delhi BJP president Vijay Goel said Delhi’s water crisis was a desperate situation that could “lead Delhi into severe water riots in days to come”.

“Ironically,while the water tariff has been increases from 35 paisa per litre to Rs 35 per litre during Congress regime,there is unabated deterioration in water supply across the capital,” Goel said.

Help from neighbours

On Friday,Delhi produced over 70 million gallons less water,taps ran dry in most parts of South,East Delhi

Haryana to release 240 cusecs through UP’s share from the Tajewala barrage

Additional supply will take over 24 hours to reach Delhi

Another 24 hours till water is treated and put into supply channel

DJB will lift 15-20 MGD from the Yamuna on Saturday

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