Uttar Pradesh Irrigation and PWD Minister Shivpal Singh Yadav on Sunday threatened the Arvind Kejriwal government with cutting off water supply if it did not stop Delhi’s “polluting” drains from flowing into Uttar Pradesh.
Yadav alleged that Delhi was emptying its drains in rivers flowing into Uttar Pradesh, polluting the water reaching several districts of the state. The Irrigation Minister told reporters in Lucknow on Sunday that the Uttar Pradesh government issued a notice to the Delhi government on Friday, complaining that the national capital was emptying 16 of its polluted drains in the Ganga and Yamuna.
Yadav said the dirty water should be cleaned first before being emptied into the rivers. The worst affected by the polluted water flowing from Delhi to UP were Agra and Mathura districts, he alleged.
Yadav said Uttar Pradesh provides 400 cusec water to the national capital. The Uttar Pradesh government has asked the Delhi government to divert its polluting drains away from the state, or else the state would divert the water being supplied to Delhi to Agra and Mathura. He said similar complaints regarding water pollution were also raised by the state with the previous Sheila Dikshit government.
Criticising Kejriwal, Yadav said he should concentrate on these issues instead of indulging in “political drama”. Yadav also criticised BJP’s PM candidate Narendra Modi, saying while Modi talked of “sales and marketing”, the SP talked of development.
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