"Our officials have begun recording the water flow. Since there is no time frame laid down for the monitoring, we will continue for a few days or till new instructions are issued" said an Upper Yamuna River Board official in Delhi
A team of Upper Yamuna River Board (UYRB) officials began monitoring the water flow between Haryana and Delhi on Tuesday morning. It had been decided on Monday to appoint an independent observation team to record the release and inflow of water between the two States to put an end to the squabble over water sharing.
"We will compile reports by the end of the day every day and send it to both the State governments and the Union Ministry of Water Resources,” said the UYRB official.
The water situation in Delhi meanwhile did not show any discernible change. Though full production at the Wazirabad water treatment plant was resumed, Delhi Jal Board officials said it remained low at Haiderpur.
“The pond level is still not at 674.5 feet that is required for full production. In the morning it was 673.6 feet when we began lifting water for production, but if the production has to be sustained we need the pond level to be consistently at the required level,” said an official.
On the monitoring by the UYRB, the official said: “The monitoring will be effective if it is carried out over a period of time, randomly and voluntarily. They [the independent observation team] should verify the release over a period of time to assess if Haryana is indeed releasing Delhi’s full share of water.”
On the stand-off over the release of an additional 80 MGD from Munak Canal, a DJB official said: “The Munak Canal was constructed keeping in view the savings. Not just Delhi, even Haryana gets to save water that is otherwise wasted due to leakages in the existing canal. Both Delhi and Haryana will get an additional 80 MGD on account of savings; it is unfortunate that Haryana has suddenly backtracked on this issue.”
Meanwhile, areas under the New Delhi Municipal Council received less water on Tuesday on account of rationalisation by the Council.