Security forces trying to restore Munak water supply to Delhi

Chandigarh, Feb 21 (IANS) Security forces on Sunday burst tear-gas shells and resorted to force to remove Jat protesters from the Munak canal in Haryana from where the water supply to Delhi was disrupted by the agitators on Saturday.

Sources said army and paramilitary personnel reached the place where the water supply equipment and machines were damaged by the protesters.

“The Haryana government is giving top priority to restore water supply to Delhi,” Haryana Police chief Y.P. Singhal said here on Sunday.

He said paramilitary forces and irrigation department officials have reached the place where the water supply to the national capital was disrupted by the Jat agitators on Saturday and efforts were being made to restore the supply.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday said the capital was “facing a very serious water crisis” because of the Jat protests in Haryana and water was to be strictly rationed in the city.

The Munak canal in Haryana, which supplies water to many parts of Delhi, was shut down after it was vandalised by a section of Jats demanding quota in government jobs and educational institutions.

Kejriwal said he had spoken to Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar and union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on the need to restore water supply to Delhi at the earliest.

He said water would be supplied through tankers to areas in Delhi hit by scarcity.

Because of the water crisis, all schools in the national capital would be shut on Monday.

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