Special Correspondent

JAIPUR: A committee of Irrigation Secretaries of Rajasthan, Haryana, Delhi and Uttar Pradesh will look into the supply of Yamuna river waters from Tajewala headwork in Haryana to Rajasthan during the monsoon season. The panel will submit its report in the next meeting of the Upper Yamuna Review Committee.

Union Minister for Water Resources Saifuddin Soz announced the appointment of the committee during the Upper Yamuna Review Committee's third meeting held in New Delhi earlier this week. However, the decisions of the Yamuna Water Board and Central Water Commission regarding the share of Rajasthan in the river waters will remain unchanged.

Earlier, Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje pointed out that the State had 9 per cent share in the Yamuna waters as per an agreement signed between the Chief Ministers of five States in 1994. Rajasthan should be supplied with 1,917 cusec water from Tajewala and 1,281 cusec water from Okhla headworks under the agreement.

Ms. Raje said the desert State had received only 200 cusec water from Okhla even after the lapse of several years and was still waiting for the release of water from Tajewala.

The Chief Minister said nearly 30,000 cusec water would be available at Tajewala during the monsoon and there was no reason why Rajasthan should be denied its legitimate share in the Yamuna waters in the season. Excess water is available in the river between July and October every year.

Ms. Raje, requesting Mr. Hooda to take a "humanitarian view" of the needs of 50-lakh people in northern Rajasthan districts such as Jhunjhunu and Churu, said water in a huge quantity was regularly wasted in the damaged canal system in Haryana but was not given to the desert State to quench the thirst of its people.