Jat agitation: Delhi water crisis will be unmanageable if nothing done immediately, says Kejriwal

Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia added: "No water available now. Still no hope to get it."

By: IANS | New Delhi | Updated: February 22, 2016 1:29 pm
delhi, delhi water, jat, jat protest, jat protests delhi, delhi jat protest, jat stir, arvind kejriwal, kejriwal, delhi news, india news Delhi CM Arvnid Kejriwal said he had spoken to Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar and union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on the need to restore water supply to Delhi at the earliest.

Delhi is facing “a very serious water crisis” because of Jat protests in Haryana and water is to be strictly rationed in the city, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Sunday. Only a handful of VIPs and essential services will be exempt.

“Barring (the) president, prime minister, Chief Justice of India, defence installations, hospitals (and) fire brigade, water (is) to be equally rationed amongst all,” Kejriwal told the media.

He said he too would be covered by the water restrictions that he warned could last at least one or two days even if the water supply was to resume on Sunday.

The Munak Canal in Haryana, which supplies water to large parts of Delhi, has been shut down after it was vandalized by a section of Jats demanding job reservations.

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Kejriwal said he had spoken to Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar and union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on the need to restore water supply to Delhi at the earliest.

“I requested them to please send the army (to Munak canal). They may be trying.”

“But even if the water supply is restored now, it will take 24 hours to reach the water treatment plants in Delhi.”

He urged residents of Delhi to “please save water”, saying they might have to depend on the stored water for one or two days at least.

He added that water would be supplied through tankers to areas in Delhi hit by water scarcity.

Because of the water crisis, all schools in the national capital would be shut on Monday.

Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia added: “No water available now. Still no hope to get it.”

Both Sisodia and Kejriwal said that if nothing was done immediately, “water supply in Delhi will face an unmanageable crisis”.

“Delhi facing an unprecedented water crisis,” Kejriwal added.

Aam Aadmi Party legislator and former Delhi minister Somnath Bharti added: “Receiving panic calls from residents (over) no water supply. Request (Rajnath Singh) to intervene and get Munak canal normalized.”

Delhi’s Water Minister Kapil Mishra had said earlier that seven water treatment plants had been shut in the city, and water supply would be hit, including in areas covered by the New Delhi Municipal Council, the civic body that covers the VIP heart of the capital.

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    Anthony
    Feb 21, 2016 at 1:08 pm
    Really sad to see comments. It shows how much the country is divided. The new fault lines of the country is people are now literally divided on political lines. Whether you approve or disapprove of a particular party, ensure that your support is issue based and not a blanket support.
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      Lunatic
      Feb 21, 2016 at 11:56 am
      Kejri sir, please think clearly,.this is a great opportunity to blame Modi and stall the parliament. Kuch bi karo..
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        Raje
        Feb 21, 2016 at 5:09 pm
        Don't understand what Modi, Rajnath Singh n NDA doing. See the CEO Kejriwal has given a statement, NDA has to do something and solve problem of Delhiwallas. Kejriwal has a busy schedule, he can only give comments and media statements. He cannot do work. He also has commitments with Bollywood to give reviews. Then he has to coordinate changing all local hospital name boards to Mohalla hospitals to show people he opened a Mohalla hospital in every nukad. Just change the label and board and here it becomes a new hospital.
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          Yogesh
          Feb 21, 2016 at 11:20 pm
          This proves that AAP has done nothing for water management till date
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            Asma
            Feb 21, 2016 at 2:31 pm
            Why LG is silent ?
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              Vikrant
              Feb 21, 2016 at 4:11 pm
              You are CM find a sokution. Ring your friends in Cong JDU RJD SP TMC CPM the various NGOs and media to help you in this crisis or is it that BJP in centre and state of Haryana will have to find a solution for you? Dont forget 20k lts per house per month has to be supplied free. Where is that free water?
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                Vikrant
                Feb 21, 2016 at 11:21 pm
                So all that this moron was doing was distributing freebees and had no plans to solve Delhis problems. Dont we know all these reservation agitations wether in Gujrat or Haryana or Rajasthan are being instigated by Congress. Let his friend from Uttarakhand start sending water tanks atleast this much they can do to help his friend who is backing Rahul in all his anti national activities
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                  ak dev
                  Feb 21, 2016 at 12:57 pm
                  For Kejriwal all problems are solved by abusing Modi. So go on abusing Modi to solve water problem of delhi.
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