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Delhi CM Kejriwal Reaches Out To PM Modi To Prevent Impending Water Crisis

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| May 18 , 2018 , 12:54 IST

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday reached out to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking his intervention to ensure that Delhi gets sufficient water supply from Haryana, in the face of a possible water crisis in the national capital next week.

In a letter shared publically on Twitter, Kejriwal said that the city has been 1,133 cusecs of water from Haryana since 1996, but for the first time in 22 years, Haryana recently contested the right of Delhi over this water and partially stopped the supply to the national capital.

“The Supreme Court has directed Haryana to keep supplying the earlier quantity of water till May 21, which means the state could reduce water supply after Monday,” said Kejriwal.

The CM added that if that happens, it would create an “unprecedented shortage of water” in Delhi and could lead to “serious” law and order situation, the chief minister said.

“I would urge you (PM) to kindly use your good offices to persuade Haryana to continue supplying same level of water that it has been supplying for last 22 years and not to disrupt it till the issue is finally decided by the courts,” Kejriwal said in the letter.

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“In addition to affecting the public at large, any disruption in water supply would affect all these establishments also," said Kejriwal, giving example of Chandrawal water treatment plan, which supplies water to NDMC area where Rashtrapati Bhavan, Parliament, embassies and major establishments like railway stations and hospitals are located.

On Thursday Kejriwal had reached out to Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal and his Haryana counterpart Manohar Lal Khattar over the water issue.