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Munak Canal project to offer no respite this summer

With the monsoon shying away from the city,Delhi’s water problems are unlikely to be resolved any time soon.

Written by Geeta Gupta | New Delhi |
July 12, 2009 3:33:38 am

With the monsoon shying away from the city,Delhi’s water problems are unlikely to be resolved any time soon.

While the Delhi Jal Board was slated to get an additional 80 million gallons of water per day (MGD) with the concretisation of the Munak Canal,the Rs 315-crore project has missed yet another deadline,that of July 2009. The new deadline for the project has now been set to December.

The construction of the pukka canal,between Munak on the Haryana border and Haiderpur in Delhi,was to be completed in 2006 initially. “Some 600 metres of the channel are still under construction and Haryana officials have said it will be finished by October,” Delhi Jal Board CEO Ramesh Negi said.

All construction work will have to be stopped due to the arrival of the monsoon,he said. “We expect the construction to be completed by October but it has been decided that the project will be commissioned by December,” he said.

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While Delhi’s daily water demand has been pegged at 1,200 MGD during the peak of summer,the DJB is equipped to supply not more than 850 MGD.

The construction of the canal was proposed in 2003. It is a key project of the Sheila Dikshit government and is aimed at augmenting the city’s water supply by 80 MGD. The concrete canal would help save 50 per cent of water otherwise lost to seepage and evaporation in transit from Haryana to Delhi. The additional water will help run the 20-MGD water treatment plants at Okhla and Bawana and the 50-MGD plant at Dwarka,it has been proposed.

After it missed the 2006 deadline,the project’s completion date was pushed to October 2008,with Haryana citing land-related problems. Earlier this year,Delhi Chief Secretary Rakesh Mehta announced the project would be completed well in time to tackle the city’s summer water issues.

Parched City

The city faces a water shortage every summer. The construction of the pukka canal,between Munak on the Haryana border and Haiderpur in Delhi,is aimed at augmenting the city’s water supply by 80 MGD. The project was to be completed in 2006 initially.

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First published on: 12-07-2009 at 03:33:38 am

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