Dikshit accuses Haryana of not honouring water pact with Delhi

Regretting that the Haryana government has failed to honour a water sharing pact with Delhi, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit Thursday suggested that the Centre should formulate a water conservation and sharing policy.

Last Updated: Nov 18, 2010, 21:40 PM IST

New Delhi: Regretting that the Haryana
government has failed to honour a water sharing pact with
Delhi, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit Thursday suggested that the
Centre should formulate a water conservation and sharing
policy.

She said despite entering into a Rs 300-400 crore
agreement with the Haryana Government for sharing water with
Delhi to meet its requirement, "the Haryana Government has
not done so."

"There are inter-state issues. Delhi has paid Haryana
Rs 300-400 crore with their consent to make a separate canal
to bring water to Delhi. They (Haryana authorities) would
rather have water logging (in their state) than give drinking
water to Delhi," she rued at a function here organised by
ASSOCHAM.

She said as more and more people migrate to cities,
the challenges before everyone would be "how are we going to
supply water to them."

"Unless we live and share together, things will become
very difficult in the years to come," she said.

The Chief Minister said she look forward to ASSOCHAM
suggesting a system a water conservation and water sharing
policy which applied to the whole country.

She also appealed the residents of Delhi to
judiciously use water instead of wasting it in "washing cars
or sprinkling at trees" keeping in mind that "water is
precious".

PTI