Delhi: Yamuna level lowest since 1965, says Raghav Chadha | Delhi News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: While visiting Wazirabad barrage on Monday, Delhi Jal Board (DJB) vice-chairman Raghav Chadha alleged that as Haryana had withheld the capital’s share of water, the Yamuna levels had reduced to the lowest since 1965. The water level has reportedly gone down by 7.5 feet. He added that the capacity of Delhi’s water treatment plants (WTP) had reduced by 100 million gallons per day (MGD).
“Haryana has withheld at least 120 MGD water and this has caused a huge crisis in Delhi. We rely on our neighbouring states for water supply. The biggest share is supposed to be supplied by Haryana,” claimed Chadha.
Against the normal level of 674.5 feet, water level at Wazirabad pond has gone down to 667 feet. Currently, Chandrawal WTP is supplying 55 MGD against its capacity of 90 MGD, Wazirabad WTP is producing 80 MGD against 135 MGD and Okhla WTP is supplying 12 MGD against 20 MGD.
“So far, all governments have been abiding by the water sharing arrangement ordered by Supreme Court, except Haryana. DJB has moved Supreme Court against Haryana government seeking Delhi’s legitimate share of water as determined in 1995,” said the DJB VC.
Claiming that a part of the riverbed had dried up to a point that it could be used as a sports field, Chadha warned that the situation may cause a crisis in central Delhi and NDMC areas like the PM’s residence, Supreme Court, the high court and the diplomatic zone. “The water levels in Haryana are higher than their requirement. They are deliberately not releasing water to Delhi. As there has been sufficient rainfall there, the water levels have remained high,” he added.
Delhi BJP president Adesh Gupta and party workers demonstrated outside water minister Satyendar Jain’s residence to protest against the ongoing water crisis. “BJP will disconnect the water supply to chief minister Arvind Kejriwal’s house if the system in Delhi is not corrected in the next 48 hours. While Haryana has to provide 500 MGD water, it is supplying 640 MGD. Chadha and the CM are blaming Haryana government to hide their own shortcomings,” said Gupta.
Meanwhile, several colonies across Delhi reported shortage of water supply on Monday. Vasant Vihar Welfare Association took to social media to register its protest. It said Vasant Vihar had been facing a severe water crisis for the past few months and they were without a drop of water for the last two days. “Other neighbouring colonies are getting water, but we as an A-Grade colony have been left high and dry,” it added.

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