GoM set up on Delhi-haryana water dispute

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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