With party’s govt in Haryana, BJP looks to resolve Munak canal dispute

Water from the Munak canal is expected to be supplied to the Dwarka, Okhla and Bawana water treatment plants.

Written by Pragya Kaushika | New Delhi | Updated: November 14, 2014 12:36:44 am

The Delhi BJP unit has decided to meet the Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar in an effort to try and resolve the Munak canal issue.

Water from the Munak canal is expected to be supplied to the Dwarka, Okhla and Bawana water treatment plants which cater to the residential areas of West and South Delhi.

Despite Delhi having paid over Rs 600 crore for Munak canal to Haryana, the capital is not getting its share of 80 MGD (million gallons daily) water — an issue which had earlier forced former prime minister Manmohan Singh to intervene in 2011.

Now that Haryana has a friendly BJP chief minister, the Delhi BJP is hopeful of resolving the problem.

Sources said Delhi BJP chief Satish Upadhyay has communicated the issue to the CM already and a meeting is likely to take place next week.

If both states reach a consensus, it would be a major boost for Upadhyay with polls looming on the horizon.

Delhi has long banked on the Munak canal project — the 102-km long parallel line concrete channel from Munak in Haryana to Haiderpur in Delhi — to augment water supply in the capital.

Delhi paid for the construction of canal to prevent wastage of water due to evaporation and seepage. But Haryana, during the previous Congress regime, had maintained that it was already supplying more water to the capital than what was mandated.

BJP holds talks with BAAP

Sources in the BJP said Delhi unit chief Satish Upadhyay held talks with BAAP chief Neeraj Kumar on the strategy to counter the AAP. Sources said the party is targeting the Assembly seats where BJP candidates lost by a small margin. Kumar said he has held discussions with the BJP on the issue. “A decision on fielding candidates has been taken. We will contest independently in as many seats as possible,”he said.    ENS

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