NEW DELHI

Haryana releases water

NEW DELHI, JULY 24. With Haryana releasing additional raw water through the Western Yamuna Canal following a telephonic conversation today between the Delhi Chief Minister, Sheila Dikshit, and her Haryana counterpart, Om Prakash Chautala, the situation on the water-front is expected to become normal in the Capital on Sunday.

The water level in the Western Yamuna Canal, which kept falling for a major part of the day today, started rising from 7 p.m. onwards. "The situation would become normal by Sunday morning. There is nothing to worry now. The problem has been solved with the co-operation of Mr. Chautala," Ms. Dikshit said after her telephonic conversation with the Haryana Chief Minister.

The Western Yamuna Canal supplies raw water to the crucial Haiderpur and Nangloi water treatment plants, which supplies water to North, North-West and South-West Delhi.

Ms. Dikshit, who also spoke with the Union Water Resource Minister, Priyaranjan Das Munshi, in this regard, thanked Mr. Chautala for taking quick action and ensuring that adequate quantity of water was released by Haryana immediately. The two Chief Ministers decided that the Chief Secretaries of both the States would be in regular touch on a daily basis from now onwards on this issue.

The Delhi Jal Board Chief Executive Officer, P. K. Tripathi, said treatment of water fell short by at least 80 MGD (million gallons per day) today, due to shortfall in supply of raw water from Haryana in the past few days. "The situation was very critical at the Hiaderpur and Nangloi treatment plants," he said. He has requested the people to conserve as much water as they can. The worst hit area were Shalimar Bagh, Pitampura, Wazirpur, Rohini, Dwarka, Vikaspuri, Janakpuri, Vishnu Garden, Nangloi, Najafgarh, Matiala and Rithala.

Residents of the Capital also faced problems on the electricity front due to low frequency in the Northern Grid. Rotational load-shedding was carried out in Wazirabad, Matiala, Bindapur, Nangloi, Bijwasan, Ghonda, Seelampur, Papan Kalan and Dwarka due to low frequency in the system.

Similarly, the discom had to resort to rotational load-shedding in Preet Vihar, Shakar Pur, Ganesh Nagar and other parts of East Delhi due to outage of a Delhi Transco transformer in trans-Yamuna. Residents of Paschim Vihar also experienced power cut for more than two hours. The Delhi Transco said the maximum load-shedding today was of 100 MW and the peak demand of 3,198 MW was met at 3-30 p.m. when the shedding was of 38 MW.

The BSES has announced load-shedding on Sunday in Karol Bagh and Jhandewalan from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. due to maintenance. There will be load-shedding in Sewak Park, Jain Colony and Matiala between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m, and in Green Park, parts of Panchsheel Park, and PHD House from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.

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