New Delhi, Jul 12 (ILNS) AAP Spokesperson Raghav Chadha today said, The Delhi government has approach Supreme Court against Haryana government stalling its rightful portion of water.
We are witnessing all-time low water levels in Yamuna river as Delhi’s water share is withheld by Haryana, Raghav Chadha said here in a Press Conference. We want our legitimate share of water as already determined by the Supreme Court in 1995.
The level of Yamuna river at Wazirabad Pond in Delhi should be 674.5 ft, while now the water level of Yamuna has come down to 667 ft, because of which, the entire river has dried up, Raghav Chadha said. The Khattar Government has stopped the water supply of Delhi despite repeated orders of the Supreme Court, while the treaty has been signed several decades ago regarding this by both the governments, he said.
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*Due to less water, the capacity of Chandrawal Water Treatment Plant has come down from 90 MGD to 55 MGD, Wazirabad Plant from 135 MGD to 80 MGD and Okhla Plant from 20 MGD to 12 MGD: Raghav Chadha*
New Delhi, July 11, 2021
Delhi Jal Board vice-chairman Raghav Chadha said on Sunday that the Delhi government will approach the Supreme Court if the Haryana government stops water supply to Delhi. The Delhi government has urged the Supreme Court to hear the matter at the earliest. He added that We are witnessing all-time low water levels in Yamuna river as Delhi’s water share withheld by Haryana. DJB has decided to move the Supreme Court against Haryana Govt seeking due supply of Delhi’s legitimate share as already determined by the SC in 1995. The level of the Yamuna river at Wazirabad Pond in Delhi should be 674.5 feet. Whereas now the water level of Yamuna has come down to 667 feet, that is, the entire river has dried up. Despite the orders of the Supreme Court, Haryana has stopped the water of Delhi, while the treaty on water has been signed several decades ago. He said that the water level in Yamuna river is considerably low as Haryana has withheld a major part of the water that Delhi gets. Due to shortage of water, the capacity of Chandrawal Treatment Water Plant has come down from 90 MGD to 55 MGD, at Wazirabad Plant from 135 MGD to 80 MGD and at Okhla Plant from 20 MGD to 12 MGD.
A petition will be filed in the Supreme Court on behalf of the Delhi Jal Board for stopping the water supply by the Haryana government. Shri Chadha said, “Delhi is a landlocked state, it does not have any waterbody. It has always been dependent on neighbouring states to fulfill its water needs. The Supreme Court has been issuing directions regarding this to neighbouring states, in which it cited that the Uttar Pradesh government will be releasing a designated amount of water from the Ganga, Haryana government from the Yamuna, and the Punjab government from the Bhakra Nangal Dam. These have been signed and agreed upon by the state governments. And under this, water is supplied in Delhi till date.”
The Haryana government has withheld the rightful portion of water of Delhi. Because of this, the level of water that comes through Yamuna river in Delhi has dropped. The level of the Yamuna river at Wazirabad Pond in Delhi should be 674.5 feet. If there is a decrease of even one foot in it, then there is a state-wide panic in the whole of Delhi.
Raghav Chadha said, “I am deeply saddened to inform you that the water level of Yamuna has come down from 674.5 to 667 feet, that is, the river has completely dried up. Haryana is not releasing water and has stalled the rightful portion of water of Delhi.”
He further said that in such a situation, the Delhi Jal Board has taken a very important decision. Delhi Jal Board will now approach the Supreme Court and will go against the Haryana government in the Supreme Court and request for the rights of the people of Delhi.
Shri Chadha took to Twitter to declare a number of concrete facts. His Twitter thread was:
A): “Raw water discharge thru Yamuna by Haryana is at an all time low. Even 1Ft decline can cause havoc in the city but currently pond level has fallen from 674.5 Ft to 667Ft. Delhi’s legitimate share is withheld by Haryana Govt. Please see pics below to get a glimpse of huge decline.”
B): As a result our Water Treatment Plants are operating at reduced capacity:
1. Chandrawal WTP – 55 MGD against capacity of 90 MGD
2. Wazirabad WTP – 80 MGD against 135 MGD
3. Okhla WTP – 12 MGD against 20 MGD
There is zero cusec release of Raw Water in Yamuna from Haryana.
Shri Chadha further said, “The Supreme Court had decided in 1995 that Haryana has to give this much water to Delhi each day. Today the Haryana government is flouting the orders of the same Supreme Court. Haryana is not giving 120 MGD per day to Delhi. Many big areas of Delhi are affected by this. Due to this, the area of the Supreme Court, High Court, Prime Minister’s Residence, Rashtrapati Bhavan, International Embassy and Central Delhi, South Delhi, East Delhi is affected. In a way, the water supply in entire Delhi has been affected. For Delhi, maximum water comes from the Yamuna river from the Haryana side. Due to non-availability of water, the capacity of our water plants is decreasing by 40 to 50 percent.”
In yet another tweet, Shri Chadha stated, “We are witnessing all-time low water levels in Yamuna river as Delhi’s water share withheld by Haryana. @DelhiJalBoard has decided to move Hon’ble Supreme Court against Haryana Govt seeking due supply of Delhi’s legitimate share as already determined by the Hon’ble SC in 1995.”
Shri Raghav Chadha said that the Haryana government is requested to release water for the people of Delhi as soon as possible which is their legal responsibility and obligation. He added, “We are not asking for any donation or begging. According to the standards set by the Supreme Court, we should get this water. If the Haryana government does not accept our request, then the Delhi Jal Board is ready to move the Supreme Court. The petition will be filed in the Supreme Court as soon as possible by the Delhi government.”