Haryana giving Delhi more water than its share,says Hooda

In the continuing water wars between Delhi and Haryana,Chief Minister of neighbour state Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Tuesday said Haryana was supplying to national capital more water than its legitimate share according to the 1994 memorandum of understanding.

Written by TUHIN DUTTA | New Delhi | Published:May 28, 2013 1:40 am

In the continuing water wars between Delhi and Haryana,Chief Minister of neighbour state Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Tuesday said Haryana was supplying to national capital more water than its legitimate share according to the 1994 memorandum of understanding.

Hooda was speaking at the fifth meeting of Upper Yamuna Review Committee in New Delhi on Tuesday. Hooda complimented Union Water Resources Minister Harish Rawat for launching the new national water policy and expressed hope that the construction of upstream dams on Yamuna — at Lakhwar Vyasi and Kishau — would be fast-tracked.

The Chief Minister said Haryana has only 14 million acre-feet (MAF) of water against a requirement of 36 MAF. He said Haryana gets lesser water from Yamuna at Tajewala than Delhi,despite the fact that during the lean period Delhi’s share is lesser than Haryana.

He said there is also a decline in the contribution of water from Sahibi,Krishnavati and Dohan rivers — tributaries of Yamuna — because of the construction of check dams by Rajasthan in the catchment areas of these rivers. This has resulted in acute problem of water in the southern part of his state,Hooda said.

Referring to the recent help extended to Delhi when a breach in Ganga Canal deprived the capital of water from that source,Hooda said Haryana has always been liberal in helping Delhi.

During the meeting,Union Minister Rawat emphasised that the instructions of the Supreme Court must be followed and commitments must be fulfilled in a time-bound manner. He asked Delhi to keep UP and Haryana informed about the treatment of polluted Yamuna water.

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