GoM set up on Delhi-haryana water dispute
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Last Updated: Friday, January 28, 2011, 00:12
New Delhi: With Delhi and Haryana failing to amicably settle their water sharing dispute, the Centre has set up a Group of Ministers (GoM) to tackle the issue.

The GoM will 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 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 the 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 the recent years.

The four-member GoM will be 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 - will attend the meetings as special invitees, government sources said.


First Published: Friday, January 28, 2011, 00:12

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