Delhi, Haryana lock horns on water-sharing issue

Representatives of Delhi and Haryana governments today made a strong pitch for their share of water from a newly-constructed canal which is at the centre of a dispute between the two states.

Last Updated: Mar 23, 2011, 23:58 PM IST

New Delhi: Representatives of Delhi and
Haryana governments today made a strong pitch for their share
of water from a newly-constructed canal which is at the centre
of a dispute between the two states.

A Group of Ministers (GoM), constituted recently, held
is first meeting here to grapple with the ticklish issue.

Representatives of both the state governments made
presentations before the GoM about their claims over water,
sources said.

The GoM, set up in February, has been asked to look into
the water-sharing dispute arising out of the newly-constructed
Carrier Lined Channel (CLC) between Munak in Haryana and
Haiderpur in Delhi, government sources said.

The construction work has been completed four years
behind schedule but the two states are nowhere near a
consensus on the issue of sharing the water.

CLC is expected to help run the 20 million gallons daily
(MGD) capacity water treatment plants at Okhla and at Bawana
and a 50 MGD water treatment plant at Dwarka.

The GoM will look into the argument being given by Delhi
government demanding its share that it has paid around Rs 350
crore for the construction of nearly 80 per cent of the
channel in its territory.

Haryana has opposed any water-sharing, saying it has been
generously providing water to its neighbour even though its
own demand has gone up in recent years.

The four-member GoM is headed by Home Minister P
Chidambaram. The other members of the GoM are HRD Minister
Kapil Sibal, Law Minister M Veerappa Moily and Water Resources
Minister Salman Khursheed.

The two chief ministers - Sheila Dikshit and Bhupinder
Singh Hooda - are special invitees.

PTI