Uttar Pradesh To Grant Extra 15 MGD Ganga Water To Delhi From Today

| June 10 , 2018 , 15:17 IST

Delhi on the brink of water shortage has turned to Uttar Pradesh for more water supply after the Haryana government refused to continue with the water supply to the national capital. From Sunday, Delhi would be receiving an additional 15 MGD (million gallons per day) raw water from the Ganga.

The extra water would be channelled from the Muradnagar canal and transferred towards Wazirabad, Delhi Jal Board Vice-Chairman Dinesh Mohania said, adding that the city is trying to reduce its over-dependence on Haryana.

“Delhiites suffer due to whims of the Haryana administration. An agreement will be signed with the UP administration to get another 100 MGD for long-term needs,” Mohania said.

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Generally, Delhi receives around 240 MGD water from Uttar Pradesh through the upper Ganga canal from which 140 MGD then goes to the Sonia Vihar water treatment plant (WTP) and 100 MGD goes to the Bhagirathi WRP.

The additional 15 MGD water from UP will go to the Wazirabad plant giving relief to the areas under it and 5 MGD would also go Dwarka.

“The amount might not seem a significant figure but it will bring relief to lakhs of people,” Mohania said.

“Rainwater harvesting systems can only function for the rainy season while zero-liquid discharge will help in recharging groundwater throughout the year,” he added.

Overall, Delhi has an installed capacity of supplying 913 MGD water, with each MGD unit translating into around 44 lakh litres of water each. The demand of Delhi, however, is estimated to be around 1,113MGD.

Meanwhile, the D. Renuka Dam, Kishau Dam and Lakhwar Vyasi Dam yet to be constructed so the Delhi can get its share of Yamuna as per the Yamuna Water Sharing Agreement signed in 1994, but the Dams would not be able to meet the short-term needs of the capital.

“Dams cannot meet our short-term demands. We are also exploring other options, including sustainable extraction of water from the floodplains downstream of Wazirabad and the area adjacent to Najafgarh lake, and groundwater recharging through the abandoned Bhatti mines and the canal system in the northwestern region,” a senior official said.