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Delhi water crisis | Govt requests SC for additional water supply from UP, Haryana & Punjab

Water shortage in Delhi coincides with the national capital's maximum temperature nearing the 50 degrees Celsius mark

Written by  Shefali Kohli -- May 31st 2024 12:17 PM -- Updated: May 31st 2024 12:21 PM
Delhi water crisis | Govt requests SC for additional water supply from UP, Haryana & Punjab

Delhi water crisis | Govt requests SC for additional water supply from UP, Haryana & Punjab

Delhi water crisis | As Delhi battles a severe water crisis amid rising temperatures in the National Capitol, Delhi Government made an appeal  to the centre and the BJP to urge the governments of Uttar Pradesh and Haryana to help Delhi meet its water demand.

 


"In this scorching heat, the water demand has increased a lot. And the water that Delhi used to get from the neighbouring states has also been reduced. That means the demand has increased a lot and the supply has reduced. We all have to solve this together," Kejriwal wrote in a post on X.

Delhi stated in its petition that the demand for water has risen in the nation's capital due to scorching temperatures.

The petition reads, “Delhi's need for water has increased in the scorching heat. It is everyone's responsibility to fulfill the needs of the country's capital.”

Meanwhile, Delhi CM Kejriwal also took to his X handle and wrote, "In this scorching heat, the water demand has increased a lot. And the water that Delhi used to get from the neighbouring states has also been reduced. That means the demand has increased a lot and the supply has reduced. We all have to solve this together.”

Meanwhile, Delhi's residents have complained of acute water shortage, even as the government set up a "war room" and promised "Har Ghar Jal".

Several areas in Delhi including Chanakyapuri's Sanjay Camp area and the Geeta colony area among those facing acute water shortages. 

In the blazing heat, people wait in long queues, hoping to fill at least one bucket, as tankers come and go without adequately serving the large populations in the colonies.

Despite submitting applications to the government regarding water shortage, the residents complain that their pleas go unnoticed. Residents of Geeta Colony in East Delhi have expressed their dissatisfaction with the insufficient water supply provided by the government.

Meanwhile, in the wake of this crisis, the office of the Minister of Water, Atishi, has directed the Delhi Jal Board (DJB) to deploy 200 teams across the city to enforce strict water conservation rules starting from 8 am May 30. These teams will impose a fine of Rs 2,000 on those found wasting water and disconnect any illegal water connections at construction sites and commercial establishments.

The water shortage in Delhi coincides with the national capital's maximum temperature nearing the 50 degrees Celsius mark, with the minimum temperature hovering around 30 degrees Celsius, which is 2.8 degrees above the usual.

- With inputs from agencies

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