Early completion of projects can solve drinking water problem: Hooda

Special Correspondent

CHANDIGARH: The Haryana Chief Minister, Bhupinder Singh Hooda, on Saturday urged the Centre for an early completion of upstream storages at Renuka, Kishau and Lakhwar Vyasi on the Yamuna.

Speaking at the National Capital Region Planning Board meeting in New Delhi, he observed that a long-term solution to drinking water problem of Delhi and the NCR area was the early completion of these upstream storages.

According to an official press note issued here, Mr.Hooda said that the Delhi Government should take immediate steps to reduce the pollution in the Yamuna for improving the quality of its water so that it might become fit for human consumption. The Delhi Government should also improve its own water supply system by minimising water losses in the distribution system.

Regarding the scarcity of water in Haryana, he said that it was becoming increasingly difficult to provide sufficient quantities of potable water to Delhi, but Haryana was compelled to meet its requirements because of the orders of the Supreme Court of India. This issue was also raised in the meeting of the Common Economic Zone where it was proposed to have an integrated water distribution plan. While preparing this plan, adequate care must be taken to meet the ever-increasing requirement of water, specially potable water within Haryana, in the fast developing Delhi Metropolitan Area (DMA) towns and priority towns like Sonepat, Gurgaon, Bahadurgarh, Rohtak, Faridabad, Rewari, Palwal and their rural hinterland. These towns should get specific allocation of drinking water from abundant supplies in river Ganga where large number of storages were being developed.

The Haryana Government had, on its own, already implemented the Ranney Well Scheme in Faridabad and had made it mandatory to provide rainwater harvesting on all plots exceeding 100 sq. metres in size.

The Chief Minister also exhorted the Centre not to treat the Dadri

Thermal Power Station, built by NTPC to cater exclusively to the National Capital Region (NCR), as a regional station.

He asserted that Haryana, which comprised a major portion of the NCR, was entitled to a minimum share of 10 per cent whereas the power from this power station had been allocated to Delhi and U.P. alone. The situation needed to be rectified and Haryana's share must be secured and allocated with the personal intervention of the Chief Minister of Delhi, he added.

He said that the second phase of the NTPC gas-based power project of 450 MW must be taken up immediately at Ballabhgarh. In view of the difficulty in getting linkage of coal, alternative fuels like gas or LNG could be considered.

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