The construction of these dams should be done at the earliest to meet the electricity and water needs of Delhi and adjoining states in time. The Delhi government has said about the Renuka Dam that it is investing money in this project.
New Delhi [VK Shukla]. In the meeting of the Northern Zonal Council organized by the Inter-State Council in Jaipur on Saturday, there is hope that the burning problems will be resolved if the Central Government adopts a positive attitude regarding Delhi. This includes issues like the problem of 10,000 cusecs of industrial and chemical mixed dirty water coming from Haryana to Najafgarh drain and to meet the shortage of drinking water in Delhi in future. Pollution coming into Delhi from neighboring states is also a big issue in this.
The Delhi government is confident that now one or the other solution to this problem will definitely be found. In the Najafgarh drain case, the central government has asked to constitute a committee, which will find a solution. Now it is believed that without the Najafgarh drain, the pressure on the Delhi government to clean the treated sewer water and pour it into the Yamuna will reduce. The Delhi government has been demanding for years to solve this problem. Union Home Minister Amit Shah has formed a committee under the chairmanship of the Union Home Secretary after the Delhi government raised the issue in the 30th meeting of the Northern Zonal Council.
The three drains coming from Haryana include Badshahpur Nala, Dharampur Nala and Palam Vihar Nala, which discharge untreated sewage water and chemically mixed water into Najafgarh drain. The Delhi government has suggested that Haryana should treat this water containing industrial waste chemicals and use it at its own level or after treatment and release it in Najafgarh drain. The Delhi government has also suggested that the Haryana government should stop the flow of these drains and construct a new deep drain parallel to the Najafgarh drain. The Delhi government will treat the water of this drain by setting up a sewer water purification plant in its area, which will be used for agriculture and other needs.
Delhi’s water should be decided regarding Renuka Dam
The water demand in Delhi is 1260 MGD per day, while the supply is only 980 MGD. To overcome the shortage of water, the Delhi government has signed several agreements with the Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand governments to build dams. The Delhi government has paid Rs 214.84 crore for the Renuka dam in Himachal Pradesh and Rs 8.10 crore for the Kishau dam being jointly constructed by Himachal Pradesh-Uttarakhand. Similarly, an amount of 7.79 crore has been paid for Lakhwar Dam of Uttarakhand. Delhi has demanded to fix the share of water in these dams.
The state government has requested that the construction of these dams should be done at the earliest to meet the electricity and water needs of Delhi and adjoining states in time. The Delhi government has said about the Renuka Dam that it is investing money in this project, but the amount of water that will be saved in the water collected in it and out of it, Delhi will be given water on priority basis. Agreeing to this, Home Minister Amit Shah has said that a committee of officials should be formed on this issue too and they should decide from now on how much water will Delhi get after the dam is built.