At the fifth meeting of the Upper Yamuna River Committee on Tuesday,Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit reiterated her demand for a greater share of water from Haryana and Uttar Pradesh.
With the onset of summers and the accompanying water shortages,Dikshit requested the cooperation of both the Centre and basin states in fulfilling the drinking water needs of the national capital.
The meeting included Union Water Resources Minister Harish Rawat,Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda and the irrigation ministers of UP,Himachal Pradesh and Rajasthan.
We requested the Union government to expedite the construction of the four upstream storage projects Renuka,Lakhwar,Vyasi and Kishau dams on Yamuna. (We also) requested that the agreements regarding these projects be finalised quickly by the basin states, Dikshit said.
Dikshit said Delhi and NCR water needs were already high. The population of Delhi with the NCR is already high and the predicted population in 2021 is mindboggling. We understand that neighbouring states require water for agriculture,but in the NCR the need is drinking water,which is also important, Dikshit said.
Dikshit requested the committee to resolve pending issues in a time-bound manner. We have financed the Munak Canal to bring water in from Haryana,but we still do not receive the share promised to us. However,this issue has already been taken up with the Group of Ministers (GoM), Dikshit said.
Haryana Chief Minister said the canal has been completed,but cannot be made operational till Delhi plugs an unauthorised cut made in the channel. Hooda said Haryana does not support the decision to set up a GoM on the issue.
Dikshit said questions were posed about pollution in Yaumna,to which she briefed the committee on the interceptor project that will be ready in 2014.
According to Dikshit,she also requested the Water Resources Ministry to pursue the construction of a water reservoir in an area that borders UP and Haryana. This was an idea put forward several years ago,where all three states could draw water from a single reservoir. The plan was that drawing of water would be proportional to the land contributed by each state for the project, Dikshit said.