Haryana has agreed to release more water for Delhi after the level at Wazirabad pond fell from 674.5 feet to 672.8 feet. To prevent a huge shortfall in supply, Haryana will release more water from Wednesday onwards, said Delhi Jal Board officials.
Officials were, however, quick to point out that the water supply in the city is still “normal” despite the dip in the Wazirabad pond level.
“There has been a dip in the supply of raw water from Haryana. The State’s water needs have gone up because of the agricultural needs at this time of the year, but Delhi has notified them (Haryana) about the dip in the pond level and they have agreed to do the needful,” said an official.
Because of the dip in pond level, the production of water at the Wazirabad water treatment plant has come down from 120 MGD to 93 MGD. Water production at the 90 MGD Chandrawal water treatment plant too has decreased by about 10 MGD.
“We are hopeful that Haryana will release the required quantity of water and the production will be back to normal,” the official said.
If Haryana releases the water on Wednesday it will reach Delhi in the next 48 hours. Full pond level at Wazirabad barrage is to be maintained as per the 1996 orders of the Supreme Court.