Cleaning of Upper Ganga Canal to take place up to month-end

After weeks of power outages, Delhi will now have to brace for a water shortage. With the annual cleaning up of the Upper Ganga Canal beginning on Sunday, the city will have to rationalise its use of water for the duration of the shutdown.

According to officials of the Delhi Jal Board, the canal will be closed for cleaning between October 23 and 31 and alternate arrangements will have to be made to meet the requirements of the city.

The Upper Ganga Canal supplies 240 MGD of water to the city, of which 140 MGD is supplied to the Sonia Vihar Water Treatment Plant and 100 MGD to the Bhagirathi water treatment plant. Both plants in turn supply water to South and East Delhi, with a huge consumer base.

DJB officials, however, claimed that there will not be a major problem on account of reduced supply because there is additional water in the Yamuna that can be lifted for use at the two plants.

“Right now there is about 200 cusec of additional water in the river that can be treated at the two plants for supply to East and South Delhi. Also, the weather has changed and the demand is not very high, we are hopeful of being able to meet the demand and make up for the shortfall,” said an official.

The cleaning of the canal is carried out by the Utttar Pradesh Irrigation Department.

During the annual cleaning period, as per the standing orders, Delhi gets additional water from Uttar Pradesh's share of the Yamuna waters.

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  • Usually during cleaning, Delhi draws from UP's share of Yamuna waters