New Delhi, June 21, 2012 | UPDATED 09:44 IST
The NCR continues to reel under severe water crisis. The areas badly hit on Wednesday included parts of New Delhi District under the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC), especially the Lutyens’ zone – home to VVIPs and politicians.
According to DJB officials, the Haiderpur Water Treatment Plant has been functioning at least 15-20MGD (million gallons per day) below its peak capacity because of the shortage in supply of raw water from Haryana.
The officials blame it on the ongoing standoff between the Delhi and Haryana governments and say it could still take some days before the states reach an “amicable” solution to the water war.
In another development, the DJB signed an agreement with the Singapore Cooperation Enterprise (SCE) and Temasek Foundation to gain expertise on recycling and reusing treated sewage and water. The SCE will put together a team of Singapore’s water experts to help Delhiites out, DJB spokesperson Sanjam Cheema said.
India Today Online New Delhi, June 18, 2012 | UPDATED 23:29 IST
Addressing media after meeting Dikshit in the national capital, Hooda said Delhi was already getting more than its legitimate share of water and that Haryana could not be held responsible for its wastage in the national capital.
“Water is precious. Its wastage should be avoided… Delhi is getting much more than its legitimate share of water,” Hooda said refusing to elaborate the exact volume of Yamuna water being released for Delhi.
The Haryana chief minister blamed media for playing up the scarcity of water saying it was natural to increase the demand during the months of summer.
“It is all because of media that everything is played up at such a level. Water crisis is being hyped these days. When there is a flood in Delhi, again Haryana is blamed for causing it. Media says that flood was caused because Haryana discharged excessive water in the Yamuna. Since Haryana falls before Delhi, we suffer first because of a flood. Media should understand this,” Hooda said.Read more >>
The 42 square km area of the city housing the country’s who’s who has been used to 24-hour water supply. However, reeling under a severe water shortage, which has been complicated by a scorching summer, the chief minister looked set to finally bite the bullet.
In a meeting with Delhi Jal Board (DJB) officials, Dikshit said she favoured rationing of water to the Lutyens zone. The city’s water war was so far restricted to areas outside this zone.
The development comes even as Dikshit was scheduled to meet her Haryana counterpart Bhupinder Hooda later in the day to sort out the issue of shortfall in the release of Yamuna water. The two chief ministers agreed to meet after the Prime Minister’s Office intervened recently.