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To resolve Yamuna water sharing tangle, CM to demand another GOM

 Hindustan Times 12th April, 2013

Chief minister Sheila Dikshit on Thursday said she would request Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to set up another Group of Ministers (GoM) for resolving inter-state water problems on the Yamuna basin.

The new GoM, she stated, was needed to settle pending disputes of over 80 million gallons of water per day (MGD) that Delhi claimed was its saving after concrete lining of the Munak carrier canal, which brings bulk of Delhi’s share of water through Haryana.

A GoM constituted two years ago had relegated the matter to Upper Yamuna River Board and said its decision would be final. “We would write again to request the Prime Minister for putting in place a new GoM for solving the inter-state water problems,” Dikshit told reporters.

“The issue of availability of additional raw water supply to Delhi on account of en route savings and seepage losses is being pursed with the Central government and Haryana state. We expect to arrive at a concrete solution soon,” an official added.

Munak canal’s concrete lining has been done by Haryana Irrigation Department at the cost of R520 crore against deposits from the Delhi Jal Board.

Haryana and Delhi have been warring over this perceived saving of 80 MGD for past few years as Haryana has refused to share its quantum of water. Delhi Jal Board has been banking on this water fo r a u g m e n t a t i o n o f potable water to facilitate commissioning of its three newly constructed water treatment plants at Dwarka (40 MGD), Okhla (20 MGD) and Bawana (20 MGD).