New Delhi: Vice Chairman, Delhi Jai Board and Aam Aadmi Party leader Raghav Chadha on Wednesday wrote a letter to Chief Minister of Haryana, Manohar Lal Khattar seeking his intervention on the issue of reduced water supply to Delhi and frequent pollution in river Yamuna by Haryana.
In the letter, Chadha said that Delhi is a landlocked state while Haryana has the advantage of its geographical location as the upper riparian state. He said that the National Capital Territory of Delhi is facing frequent crises in terms of raw water supply and this is affecting the drinking water supply of major areas including the hospitals which are treating COVID-19 patients of Delhi and neighbouring states.
I write to Hon'ble CM of Haryana who is also the Minister for Irrigation & Water Resources, beseeching his kind intervention on the issue of:
1. significant reduction in raw water supply by Harayana Govt and
2. frequent pollution/ammonia in River Yamuna by Haryana Govt pic.twitter.com/kBi9wOnTS6
— Raghav Chadha (@raghav_chadha) April 14, 2021
Chadha implored the minister to extend his cooperation on humanitarian grounds keeping in mind the unprecedented emergency of COVID-19.
Chadha explained that water at the two water treatment plants of NCT of Delhi- Wazirabad and Chandrawal are sourced from the river Yamuna. This is drawn at the Wazirabad barrage in Delhi. The quantity and quality of raw water at Wazirabad is dependent on the release of raw water by Haryana.
As per Chadha, on many occasions, water at Wazirabad barrage is not fit for treatment because of the concentration of pollutants, particularly ammonia, which results in a partial or complete shutdown of the two water plants. Chadha added that the pollution is occurring due to wastewater discharge from Panipat and Rohtak, which reaches Wazirabad barrage and in turn pollutes river Yamuna downstream.
Chadha then requested Khattar to intervene and give standing instructions to concerned officers in Haryana to resolve this issue at the earliest.