Water politics heat up as Delhi and Haryana tussle over Yamuna’s supply

18 May, 2022 | Riya Girdhar

The water level at Wazirabad barrage had decreased to 669 feet, according to a government statement, whereas the depth that required to be maintained for efficient water treatment was 674.5 feet.

As the Yamuna’s water levels dropped, Delhi Water Minister Satyendar Jain declared the river had dried up due to Haryana’s water shortage. On Tuesday, Jain paid a visit to the Wazirabad barrage.

Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, on the other hand, stated that Delhi is receiving 1,050 cusecs of water as part of its share.

The Wazirabad barrage, according to Jain, is Delhi’s most important reservoir. “For North and West Delhi, it is one of the most important water sources.”

The water treatment plants in Delhi are currently operating at a quarter of their peak capacity due to a paucity of water supply from Haryana. As a result, water output at Wazirabad WTP has fallen by 60-70 MGD (million gallons daily). The Yamuna has also dried up due to the Haryana government’s water shortage,” he claimed.

According to a government statement, the water level at the Wazirabad barrage had dropped to 669 feet, while the required depth for efficient water treatment was 674.5 feet. According to the authorities, the levels on Tuesday were the lowest on record.

The Yamuna and canals that emerge from it provide over 70% of Delhi’s water supply. The Delhi Jal Board also relies on drawing 120 cusecs from the river itself for treatment, something it can no longer do because the river is generally dry. The board has recently come under fire, with reports of taps running dry coming in from all over North, West, and Central Delhi.

“The Wazirabad WTP, which delivers water to the majority of houses in North and West Delhi, is being impacted by the lack of supply.” The water that enters the WTP is drawn directly from the Yamuna and treated before being supplied. Due to the Haryana government’s refusal to supply water, the Yamuna is currently dry. As a result of this, water supply is impacted in places like Civil Lines, Hindurao Hospital, Kamla Nagar, Shakti Nagar, Karol Bagh, Paharganj, Old and New Rajinder Nagar, Patel Nagar, Baljit Nagar, Indrapuri, and the adjacent areas,” Jain said.