Will go to PM on water issue: Dikshit
New Delhi: With Delhi reeling under acute shortage of water, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Tuesday sought an early solution to the Munak canal dispute with Haryana and said she would seek Prime Minister`s intervention on the matter.
The comments by Dikshit came a day after Haryana turned down Delhi Government`s request to provide additional water to the national capital to overcome the water crisis in the city.
Yesterday, Delhi Chief Secretary PK Tripathi had asked his Haryana counterpart P K Chaudhery to release more water to Delhi but the latter turned down the request saying his state was also facing the same situation.
"We should get the return on our investment. We need water and I will go to the Prime Minister for a solution to the issue," Dikshit said when asked about Haryana`s refusal to supply additional water to Delhi.
The Munak canal was constructed by Haryana with financial assistance of around Rs 400 crore given by Delhi government on the condition that the national capital will be supplied 80 MGD water from it. But later, Haryana refused to supply the water to the city.
As both sides failed to settle the dispute, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had set up a GoM headed by Home Minister P Chidambaram to find a solution to the matter.
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.
Construction work on the 102-km canal between Munak in Haryana border and Haiderpur in Delhi has almost been completed.
The canal has been constructed to stop loss of water through leakages in various existing canal along the Yamuna.
The current average demand of potable water in the city is around 1,100 mgd (million gallons per day) and currently Delhi Jal Board supplies around 800 mgd water across the city after treating raw water in its treatment plants.
The demand is projected to touch around 1,400 mgd by end of the 12th Five Year Plan in 2017.
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