Chandigarh June 9: Haryana Chief Minister Mr Manohar Lal has urged the National Capital Region Planning Board (NCRPB) to take up the matter of three proposed dams of Renuka, Kishau and Lakhwar on river Yamuna and its tributaries with the Central Government for their expeditious completion.
Mr Manohar Lal, who was speaking at the 35th meeting of NCRPB in New Delhi today said that the problem of acute shortage of water in the National Capital Region could be resolved to some extent with the completion of these long pending projects.
He said that Delhi has been seeking more water from Haryana resulting in reduction of Haryana’s legitimate water share from Yamuna, thereby causing extreme hardship to the people of the state. He said that since, drinking water to Delhi could not be the responsibility of Haryana alone, other States of northern India, including Punjab should also come forward and contribute their share to fulfil the requirement of the national capital.
He said that large dry and arid areas of districts of Faridabad, Palwal and Mewat in Haryana falling in the National Capital Region were being deprived of their legitimate share in Yamuna water due to non release of due share of Haryana in Yamuna waters at Okhla. The problem is further compounded due to discharge of untreated sewage and industrial effluents in the stretch of the river passing through Delhi territory which is totally unfit for human as well as animal consumption. He said that although the National Green Tribunal is already seized of the matter, issuing appropriate directions in the matter and monitoring the steps being taken by the concerned States, the Board should also step-in for finding an early solution to this serious problem affecting the people of the National Capital Region, with the cooperation of all the Member States.
Mr Manohar Lal said that Haryana is a water deficit State with respect to both surface and ground water resources. River Yamuna is the major source of surface water for Haryana with more than half of the State, including the areas falling in the National Capital Region, receiving water from this river. He said that availability of water in river Yamuna is declining gradually and this is not only a cause of concern for Haryana, but also for the National Capital Region as a whole as major water requirement of the region, including that of Delhi, is dependent on this river.