Ke­jri­wal asks Khat­tar not to re­duce wa­ter sup­ply in sum­mer

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - - HTPUNJAB&HARYANA - HT Cor­re­spon­dent

NEWDELHI:DELHI CM Arvind Ke­jri­wal has writ­ten to his Haryana coun­ter­part Manohar Lal Khat­tar re­quest­ing him not to re­duce wa­ter sup­ply dur­ing peak sum­mer as it could lead to acute wa­ter short­age in the na­tional Cap­i­tal.

In a sep­a­rate let­ter to L-G Anil Bai­jal, Ke­jri­wal has re­quested him to per­suade Haryana to con­tinue the sup­ply of same lev­els of wa­ter as it has been do­ing over the past two decades.

He re­quested the Lieu­tenant Gov­er­nor to take up the mat­ter with the Prime Min­is­ter and the union wa­ter re­sources min­is­ter.

“It is re­quested to main­tain the cur­rent wa­ter sup­ply, which Haryana has been main­tain­ing for 22 years,” Ke­jri­wal wrote his let­ter to Khat­tar on Thurs­day.

The CM said Delhi had been re­ceiv­ing 1,133 cusecs of wa­ter from Haryana since 1996. How­ever, for the first time, Haryana has con­tested Delhi’s claim, lead­ing to a le­gal bat­tle be­tween the two neigh­bour­ing states.

A se­nior of­fi­cial in the Delhi Jal Board, which moved the apex court against Haryana, said Delhi had been fac­ing short­age of drink­ing wa­ter sup­ply since De­cem­ber 30, 2017.

“Ini­tially, the prob­lem was be­cause of in­creased lev­els of am­mo­nia in the wa­ter which the treat­ment plant Wazirabad could not han­dle and sup­ply had to be cur­tailed. Then, from April 2, 2018, Haryana re­duced the sup­ply by around 120 cusecs,” the of­fi­cial said.

De­mand of drink­ing wa­ter in­creases by 20% dur­ing the peak sum­mer.

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