Officials in Delhi say the Yamuna is drying up under the blazing sun . Officials claim that there hasnt been a response from the neighbouring state, leaving Delhi to take care of itself .
NEW DELHI: Officials in Delhi said on Saturday that the Yamuna is drying up under the blazing sun and that Haryana isn't responding to SOS calls, and that they are barely supplying the drinking water requirements in many areas.The Wazirabad pond has dropped to 670.70 feet, the lowest level this year.On Thursday, it was 671.80 feet.On July 11, the pond level dropped to 667 feet, prompting Delhi Jal Board (DJB) to refer the Supreme Court to Haryana to release more water in the Yamuna.Even circulation via CLC (Carrier-Lined Channel) and DSB (Delhi Sub-Branch) is fluctuating.Due to the low pond level, the lifting of 120 cusec of water from the Wazirabad pond is affected.This would negatively impact water quality.The water requirement is increasing in the summer months, according to the SOS sent on Thursday. Officials claim that there hasn't been a response from the neighbouring state, leaving Delhi to take care of itself.According to a DJB official, the production capacity at Wazirabad, Chandrawal, and Okhla water treatment plants has been reduced to 85 percent and could increase to 75 percent on Sunday.We've resorted to water rationing and have been able to meet the demand so far.However, the situation could get worse if Haryana does not respond and provide additional water, according to the official. To meet the growing demand, the Delhi government announced last month that it would provide around 1,000 million gallons of drinking water each day during the summer as opposed to 935 MGD earlier.To combat water shortages, 1,198 water tankers will be deployed during the peak season (April-July), according to the organization.Two canals and the Yamuna supply 610 million gallons of water a day to Delhi.