Delhi water crisis: Expecting to restore 25% water supply by late evening, says govt

By: PTI | New Delhi | Published:February 22, 2016 2:31 pm

The Delhi government on Monday said it is expecting to restore by late evening 25 per cent of water supply in the city which was disrupted due to the Jat stir even as Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal thanked the Centre and the army for securing of Munak canal.

“Thank u army, thank u centre for securing munak canal back. Great relief for delhi,” Kejriwal said in a tweet.

Kejriwal had said Monday morning that water was completely used up in Delhi and appelaed to the Centre to intervene immediately and get the supply restored from the canal.

After an emergency meeting held at Deputy CM Manish Sisodia’s residence to assess the situation, Delhi Water Minister Kapil Mishra said that 400 cusecs (cubic feet per second) of water was released from Munak subcanal, adding that 25 per cent water supply in Delhi is expected to be restored by late evening.

“About 400 cusecs of water has been released from the Kuchha sub-branch of Munak out of which nearly 300 cusecs will reach Delhi in 6-7 hours. A team of DJB is on standy and as soon as it reaches Haidarpur treatment plant, supply will be started,” he said.

“We hope that by late evening we will be able to restore 25 per cent water supply in Delhi,” he said.

The canal has a ‘pucca’ and a ‘kuchha’ system. The gates of pucca canal are still closed and these have been damaged by the agitators at many points. A special team of DJB has been sent to assess the damage and time required to repair it, the minister said.

The water released through kuchha sub-branch will reach Delhi by late evening helping in partial restoration of water supply, he said.

“Partial supply of water will be restored but it will take 7-10 more days in repairing Munak canal and till then scarcity of water will exist forcing its supply in limited quantity,” Mishra said.

He also said that Wazirabad and Chandrawal water treatment plants affected due to high levels of ammonia in Yamuna water were also likely to be started today.

“Wazirabad and Chandrawal plants are also being watched for ammonia level. Both plants are likely to be started today,” he said.

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The minister said that the crisis has lessened but it is yet to end as repair of the canal will take time and water will be needed to be used judiciously by the people for 7-10 days more.

The Delhi government is also prepared to extended its resources and technical know-how required for repair of the Munak canal to its Haryana counterparts, Mishra said.

“We have told the Haryana government that the Delhi government is prepared to provide resources and technical assitance to repair the canal,” he said.

A four-member team of Delhi Jal Board (DJB) engineers has been dispatched for engineering assessment at Munak canal and it will give its report in a few hours, he said.

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  1. B
    Bijoy chatterjee
    Feb 23, 2016 at 12:57 pm
    Senior citizen no water,whe5 will it come?
    1. N
      Feb 22, 2016 at 1:15 pm
      most most critical stage not fair for public . we are badly effected
      1. D
        Feb 23, 2016 at 6:06 am
        U guyz are of no use....Delhi govt I simply wasted my vote giving to u guyz
        1. K
          Feb 23, 2016 at 4:04 pm
          The engineers of Delhi Metro have experience and machinery to erect boundary walls of metro underground tunnels with RCC ultra fast. these canal breaches can be rectified having Rcc lining instead of brick work. Govt may move fast. Bravo, army and Haryana govt for securing life line of Delhi.
          1. K
            kushal kumar
            Feb 22, 2016 at 2:15 pm
            This Vedic astrology writer’s predictions for India in 2016 in article “ 2016 – a woeful year for India with slight cheer at the end” were published on 18 January 2016 in online magazine thesop. The text related to the news report reads like this : “ February and March 2016 seem to be grim for a variety of concerns. Power dams and electricity seem to be in focus for certain serious problems including rising prices during February to August 2016. Among others, Delhi could perhaps take a hint for precautions”. Here when it is said power dams and electricity , water is automatically included because power dams and electricity are formed not without water.
            1. N
              Feb 23, 2016 at 12:47 pm
              4 din ho gye pani nhi aya abhi tak per AAP party ke p delhi mai pani dene ke leye time nhi hai but jantar mantar per dharna dene ke leye time hai.....
              1. M
                Feb 23, 2016 at 5:42 am
                how selfish these people are ... they have cut our kids water supply so that there kids can get extra on the name of reservation ... First time i am seeing some one so desperate to call them self as SC for reservation ... why is that no one is asking Sonia, Kejriwal and other politicians a simple question .. what is there stand on Jaat Reservation ? Please as this question so that we can see how people will answer to save vote bank .
                1. N
                  Feb 23, 2016 at 4:25 pm
                  Useless and immuture Delhi govt handling of water crises
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