Delhi Jal Board VC Raghav Chadha writes to Haryana Chief Minister over ‘water crisis’

The water treatment plants of Delhi Jal Board (DJB) have the capacity of 0.9 parts per million ammonia concentration in the river water.

On Wednesday, April 14, Vice Chairman of Delhi Jal Board writes to Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on the issue of reduction of water supply to Delhi.

In the letter, Chadha writes as how frequent pollution in River Yamuna and significant reduction in pond level of Yamuna adversely affecting water production at the water treatment plants of Delhi.

In the letter, Raghav Chadha also questioned as to why the water supply of major areas of the NCT of Delhi, including Diplomatic Missions/Embassies, President House, Hon’ble Supreme Court, Hon’ble High Court along with Hospitals treating Covid-19 patients of Delhi & neighboring states are being affected due to improper supply of water from Haryana.

Chadha pointed out that the water at two water treatment plants of NCT of Delhi, i.e., Wazirabad and Chandrawal is sourced from River Yamuna. This is drawn at Wazirabad Barrage in Delhi. The quality and quantity of raw water at Wazirabad is dependent on the release of raw water by Haryana. On many occasions, quality of available water at Wazirabad Barrage is not fit for treatment because of concentration of pollutants, particularly Ammonia, which results into partial or complete shutdown of the two water treatment plants.

Chadha further added in his letter, “The pollution is occurring due to waste water/industrial waste water discharge from Panipat Drain DD-1 through DD-2 and Rohtak X-regulator/ DD-6 through DD-8, which reaches Wazirabad Barrage, and in turn pollutes River Yamuna downstream.”

On Tuesday, April 13, Delhi Jal Board Vice Chairman Raghav Chadha also addressed press conference on the water scarcity and said that south, north, central and west Delhi are going to be hit by water scarcity as Haryana is not supplying sufficient water to the national capital.

Raghav Chadha also added in the press conference, “We have also approached the Supreme Court and have written to the Haryana government continuously for 15-20 days about the amount of Ammonia in the water. But the Haryana government has closed its eyes. We demand from the Haryana government that it provide clean and complete water to Delhi.”

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