SC to hear Delhi’s petition on water supply from Munak Canal today

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New Delhi, Feb. 22 (ANI): The Supreme court on Monday is set to hear Delhi government’s petition seeking Centre’s intervention for the uninterrupted supply of water from Munak Canal in Haryana, which is allegedly under the siege of the Jat agitators demanding reservation.

The petition was moved in which a plea was also made that the Centre should deploy army to ensure supply of water from Munak Canal.

With the Jat unrest in Haryana taking a toll on the water supply in the national capital, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday announced that there is no water left in Delhi and that the crisis is expected to prolong for at least two days, adding that he is in talks with the Haryana government to resume water supply from the Munak canal.

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“Due to the agitation in Haryana, the water that comes to Delhi from the Munak canal has been stopped since the past two days and there has been no water supply since, resulting in a severe water crisis. We are talking to the Central Home Ministry and the Haryana Ministry to try and open to canal. I spoke to Rajnath Singh yesterday, appealing to deploy Army troops to help in restoring water supply,” Kejriwal told the media here after an emergency meeting at his residence.

Kejriwal had earlier called for equal responsibility to be shared between the public and VIPs amid the state of a water crisis in the national capital.

The areas affected due to the closure of plants are West Delhi, North-West, Central, South and part of North Delhi. “Against the total production of 820 Million Gallons per day (MGD) of potable water, only 240 MGD is being produced, because of the disruption of the supply source from Haryana. DJB’s tanker fleet has been fully redirected to the water deficient areas. The situation at Wazirabad is being constantly monitored. In this emergent situation, the people of Delhi are requested to use water with the utmost care,” a statement by the Delhi Jal Board said. (ANI)

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