Haryana supplying contaminated water to Delhi: DJB vice-chairman

The Delhi Jal Board has accused the Haryana government of supplying contaminated water, having high amount of ammonia, to the national capital

Delhi Jal Board vice-chairman Dinesh Mohaniya, on January 12, 2020, alleged that Haryana was supplying contaminated water to the city. Mohaniya alleged that the water supplied by Haryana has a high amount of ammonia and hence, the DJB production has decreased by 100 MGD (million gallons per day).

“The water supplied in Delhi comes from other states, in which Haryana is the largest source. The amount of ammonia in the water coming from Haryana has increased a lot. This has affected the water supply in many parts of Delhi,” he said, accusing the BJP-ruled Haryana government of a ‘political conspiracy’ ahead of the assembly polls.

BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi, however, rejected the allegation terming it an ‘absolute lie’. “The reality is that Yamuna water’s E-coli content increases several thousand times as it enters Delhi, due to mismanagement in waste water discharge by the AAP government,” she said.

 


Blockade on Yamuna can hit Delhi’s water supply: DJB

The Delhi Jal Board has warned that a blockade being built 17 kms downstream of the Tajewala barrage on the Yamuna river, could hit water supply to the national capital

May 6, 2019: The Delhi Jal Board (DJB) has written to the centre, the Haryana government and the city administration, over a blockade being built 17 kms downstream of the Tajewala barrage, on the Yamuna river. It said the blockade could hit water supply in the national capital, if remedial action was not taken immediately.

In a tweet, Delhi’s deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia said, “A conspiracy is underway, to stop water supply to Delhi ahead of the elections in the city. A bund is being built 17 kms downstream of the Tajewala Barrage in Haryana for this purpose. Do you want the people of Delhi to die of thirst, Modiji?”

See also: NGT refuses to vacate 2015 order against construction on Yamuna floodplains, in Agra

A DJB official, tasked with visiting the barrage and monitoring the river flow, spotted a number of men constructing a bund (blockade) in the mainstream Yamuna, an official statement said. The construction was taking place 17 kms downstream of the barrage, which is located in Haryana and near the confluence of the Yamuna and Somb rivers. “This blockage amounts to stoppage of drinking water flow to Delhi. It could hit Delhi’s drinking water supply hard, if remedial action is not taken immediately,” the statement read.

The DJB also said the construction of the blockade amounted to contempt of court, as water was being supplied to Delhi in the river course, on the directions of the Supreme Court. The Board has written to the centre, Haryana government, chief secretary of Delhi, the National Green Tribunal and the monitoring committee appointed by the green panel, informing them of the situation, the statement said.


Repair of old canal bringing water to Delhi complete, supply resumed: Haryana to HC

The Haryana government has told the Delhi High Court that it has completed the repair of the old Delhi Sub-Branch Canal, which carries water to the national capital

November 13, 2018: The counsel for Haryana government filed a status report and informed a Delhi High Court bench of chief justice Rajendra Menon and justice VK Rao, on November 12, 2018 that the repair of the old Delhi Sub-Branch Canal (DSBC) was complete and water supply to the national capital had resumed. This submission was contested by Delhi Jal Board’s (DJB) counsel Sumeet Pushkarna, who said the water supply was deficient and it has not been resumed properly. The court asked the DJB to file its reply to the Haryana government’s status report and listed the matter for further hearing on January 14, 2019.

The court had earlier asked the state government about the status of the repair works on the old DSBC. The direction had come, after petitioner advocate SB Tripathi told the court that the repairs were getting delayed, affecting the water supply to Delhi, especially in the sub-city of Dwarka. Haryana had, on May 24, 2018, told the court that it has floated tenders for the repair works and that they would be opened in June and the work was expected to be completed in four months, thereafter. Prior to that, the court had, on May 10, 2018, pulled up the Haryana government for not issuing any tender for repairing the old sub-branch canal, despite payment of Rs 28.16 crores to it, by the DJB for the work.

The court was also displeased with the fact that Haryana had, till then, not encashed the cheques sent to it in March 2018. The high court, on March 13, 2018, had directed the Haryana and Delhi governments to take steps, to immediately carry out repair works on DSBC, saying any delay would lead to wastage of water urgently needed by the national capital.

See also: Potable water crisis in parts of Gurugram: Rampant groundwater extraction, erratic supply blamed

The court was hearing a PIL moved by Tripathi, who said that the population in Delhi was increasing each day, while the raw water available stayed the same or was even decreasing. Tripathi has also filed an application for concrete lining of the DSBC, similar to the Munak canal, claiming that due to seepage in the older canal, 50 per cent of the 330 cusecs of water released into it by Haryana, was lost. The plea claimed that the wastage could be brought down to five per cent, by concrete lining.

The bench had earlier asked the Haryana government to ensure that it releases the entire quantity of water, required as per the undertaking given to the court. Haryana has to release 719 cusecs of water per day into the Munak canal and 330 cusecs per day in the DSBC, according to the undertaking and earlier court orders.

 

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