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Kejriwal seeks PM's intervention to avoid water crisis, LG says in touch with Haryana, Centre

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

today wrote to Narendra Modi, seeking his intervention in ensuring sufficient water supply from as the national capital stares at a possible water crisis next week.

In his letter to the prime minister, Kejriwal said the city had been receiving 1,133 cusecs of water from since 1996, but recently, for the first time in 22 years, the neighbouring state had contested Delhi's right over this water and partially stopped the supply to the national capital.

"The has directed to keep supplying the earlier quantity of water till May 21, which means the state could reduce water supply after Monday," he said.

If that happens, it would create an "unprecedented shortage of water" in and could lead to a "serious" law and order situation, the said.

"I would urge you (PM) to kindly use your good offices to persuade Haryana to continue supplying same level of water that it has been supplying for the last 22 years and not to disrupt it till the issue is finally decided by the courts," Kejriwal said in the letter.

In a letter to Anil Baijal, the said, "Just two days are left, we need to act fast to prevent a crisis."

Baijal told Kejriwal that he had taken up the issue with different agencies to ensure adequate water supply in

"I have taken up the matter with Govt. of Haryana and Union Ministry of Water Resources, Govt. of so that adequate water supply is ensured for people of Delhi - Hon'ble CM @ArvindKejriwal," Baijal tweeted.

Kejriwal had yesterday written to his Haryana counterpart Manohar Lal Khattar and the Delhi L-G over the issue.

The had on Wednesday told the that it would maintain status quo on supply of water to Delhi till May 21.

The apex court asked the and the (DJB) to request Haryana for maintenance of status quo on water supply and directed Haryana to take an independent decision on the matter.

In his letter to Modi, Kejriwal said disruption in water supply from Haryana could affect the Chandrawal water treatment plan, which supplies water to the NDMC area where Rashtrapati Bhavan, Parliament, embassies and major establishments like railway stations and hospitals are located.

"In addition to affecting the public at large, any disruption in water supply would affect all these establishments also.

"The has already filed an application before the Board. However, final adjudication by the board could take some time," Kejriwal said.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Fri, May 18 2018. 18:20 IST
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