Delhi requests Haryana for water to meet shortage due to canal breach

While the breach in the upper Ganga Canal in Uttar Pradesh — around 50 km upstream of Delhi — was taken up for repair,Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit requested her Haryana counterpart,Bhupinder Singh Hooda,on Friday for more water to be sent to Delhi through the Yamuna so that the deficit can be filled.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: April 14, 2014 2:36 pm

While the breach in the upper Ganga Canal in Uttar Pradesh — around 50 km upstream of Delhi — was taken up for repair,Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit requested her Haryana counterpart,Bhupinder Singh Hooda,on Friday for more water to be sent to Delhi through the Yamuna so that the deficit can be filled.

On a scorching 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 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,a coffer dam was being built to restore supply in the meantime.

“Meanwhile,Delhi has requested the Haryana and Uttar Pradesh governments 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,” B M 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 Uttar Pradesh governments have responded quickly to Delhi’s call.”

The additional supply from Haryana,however,will 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 to 20 MGD from the Yamuna on Saturday morning,” a DJB official said.

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