Water crisis: DJB moves SC against Haryana govt

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The Delhi Jal Board (DJB) on Monday moved the Supreme Court against the Haryana authorities to avert a possible extreme water disaster in Delhi, water utility’s vice chairman Raghav Chadha stated.

Chadha claimed the Haryana authorities has lowered the availability of uncooked water to Delhi, leading to scarcity of water provide within the nationwide capital.

Such behaviour of the Haryana authorities is just not solely undesirable, but additionally deeply disappointing. The common fall within the stage of Yamuna, particularly throughout summers, together with the discharge of pollution that trigger rise in ammonia ranges, is a matter of grave concern, he stated in an announcement.

“Delhi is going through a possible extreme water disaster as a consequence of excessive ammonia ranges within the Yamuna and the repeatedly depleting water stage at Wazirabad barrage, which provides consuming water to the Wazirabad, Okhla and Chandrawal water remedy vegetation of the DJB, he stated.

The DJB has moved the SC against Haryana to avert a extreme water disaster in Delhi. It has sought instructions from the apex courtroom to the neighbouring state to instantly stop the discharge of untreated pollution into the Yamuna and launch adequate water to the nationwide capital, Chadha stated.

Raw water is sourced from the Yamuna and is drawn at Wazirabad barrage. The amount and high quality of uncooked water at Wazirabad Barrage depends on the discharge of water by the Haryana authorities, he stated.

Haryana provides water to Delhi by way of the Carrier-Lined Channel (CLC), Delhi Sub-Branch (DSB) and the Yamuna.

CLC and DSB provide water from Hathni Kund by way of Munak canal and Bhakra Beas Management Board.

At current, Delhi receives 479 million gallons water a day (MGD) against 609 MGD from Haryana. Besides, Delhi attracts 90 MGD groundwater and receives 250 MGD from the Upper Ganga Canal.

The steady fall within the Yamuna’s water stage is a matter of grave concern. Despite notifying officers involved of the Haryana authorities every day, no concrete motion has been taken but and there was no enchancment in direction of restoring any normalcy, Chadha stated.

As per a Supreme Court order of February 1996, the pond stage in Wazirabad needs to be stored full.

The regular stage of the Yamuna close to Wazirabad Pond ought to be 674.50 toes however it has dropped to 670.90 toes.

The drastic fall within the water stage at Wazirabad pond has affected water manufacturing at Wazirabad, Okhla and Chandrawal water remedy vegetation which provide consuming water to central, north, west and south Delhi.

Currently, Haryana by way of CLC canal is supplying solely 549.16 cusecs against 683 cusecs and Delhi Sub-Branch canal is supplying 306.63 cusecs against 330 cusecs, Chadha had stated on Sunday.

The remedy capability at Wazirabad and Chandrawal water remedy vegetation has dipped by 30 per cent. The identical has lowered by 15 per cent at Okhla WTP, he had stated.

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