Staff Reporter

No need to ask Haryana for more water and extremely useful in recharge of the ground water

NEW DELHI: Incessant rain over the past two days that almost brought the Capital to a halt has given the Delhi Jal Board reason to cheer. The increased amount of water flowing into the Yamuna hopefully means no shortfall of water supply for the city over the next few weeks.

“The amount of water that has flowed down from Tajewala last night has given us reason to believe that for the next 15 days we will not have to ask Haryana for more water. We have received enough for distribution. About 1.3 lakh cusecs water has passed Tajewala and in the next two days the water will reach Delhi,” said a senior Jal Board functionary on Thursday.

He said while the level of water in the river had risen substantially, there was no imminent danger of floods: “As of now there are no signs of the river crossing the danger mark. There is no immediate threat of floods.”

The official said the rain water had proved to be a blessing in more ways than one: “It has not just added to our water supply but is extremely useful in recharge of the ground water cache and also equally important in washing away the affluent deposits along the river bed.”

The level of the Yamuna is expected to rise as water from Haryana gets released downstream. “The authorities will be monitoring the level of the river and there will be subsequent alerts,” he said.