Staff Reporter

NEW DELHI: Large parts of Central Delhi, West Delhi and Outer Delhi faced an acute shortage of water on Thursday as the water level in the Western Yamuna Canal dipped by over a foot. The level fell from 710.5 feet to 709.5 feet.

Production reduced

Water production at two of the Capital’s water treatment plants, Hyderpur and Nangloi, was significantly reduced, leading to shortage in supply to several areas including Rohini, Rajouri Garden, Nangloi, Vikaspuri, Janakpuri and Rajendra Nagar.

Delhi Jal Board officials blamed Haryana for curtailing the water supply to the city.

“The pond level is still better than the canal level at the moment and we are getting adequate supply from Sonia Vihar and Bhagirathi so a major crisis has been averted for now. But Haryana needs to release more water with immediate effect, because not only are they acting in contravention of the Supreme Court order, they are also denying Delhi its share of drinking water,” said a senior DJB official.

He refuted Haryana’s claims that there had been a dip in the level of the Yamuna: “There is no change in the river level. Haryana has diverted the water and added it to its own share. The level of the Western Yamuna Canal however is getting reduced.”

DJB officials also claimed that intimation had been sent to the Haryana Irrigation Department and it had been asked to ensure adequate supply of water to meet Delhi’s needs.