Delhi trying to conceal its water mismanagement, Haryana tells SC

Delhi trying to conceal its water mismanagement, Haryana tells SC
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New Delhi, April 7

The Haryana authorities has informed the Supreme Court that the Delhi Government was trying to conceal its utter failure in administration of water by accusing it of being chargeable for elevated Ammonia ranges within the consuming water provided to the nationwide capital.

In an affidavit filed in response to the Delhi Jal Board’s plea, the Haryana Government stated it’s Delhi which was chargeable for elevated Ammonia ranges within the consuming water provided to its residents because the Wazirabad Water Treatment Plant had not been upgraded to deal with water.

Haryana contended that the Central Pollution Control Board had examined the water of river Yamuna on January 13, 2021 and it was discovered that Ammonia ranges rose sharply from Delhi contact level at Palla to Wazirabad.

This was due to unauthorised discharges between Palla and Wazirabad and sediment deposition at Wazirabad Pond and due to this fact it’s up to DJB to management air pollution at these factors, Haryana submitted.

As per Environmental Protection Rules, 1986, permissible restrict of Ammonia in inland floor water is 50 PPM (mg/l) and as per WHO permissible restrict of Ammonia in consuming water is 1.5 PPM (mg/l), it stated, contending that the consuming water provided by authorities and remedy on its crops can have the Ammonia stage up to 1.5 PPM.

“Whereas DJB instead of improving its capacity to treat the increased permissible limits of Ammonia in the river water raises hue and cry if the river water at Yamuna contains the Ammonia level of just above 0.88 PPM stating that the water treatment plant in Wazirabad cannot treat water which is above 0.8 PPM,” stated the affidavit filed by Haryana.

A Bench headed by Chief Justice of India SA Bobde – which had on March 25 requested the governments of Punjab, Haryana and Bhakra Beas Management Board (BBMB) to keep established order on provide of Yamuna water to Delhi – will take up the matter subsequent week after DJB information its affidavit.

The DJB had moved the highest court docket for instructions to the Haryana authorities to cease the discharge of effluents into the Yamuna and launch ample water to Delhi.

DBJ stated water stage has fallen within the nationwide capital. Canal restore works shouldn’t be performed within the months of March and April when the water demand is at its peak and Haryana had not responded to a number of letters written to it.

On behalf of Haryana Government, senior counsel Shyam Divan had stated full stage of water provide has been made out there.

Ahead of scorching summer season, the DJB had on March 8 moved the Supreme Court towards the Haryana authorities to avert a possible water disaster within the nationwide capital.

Delhi receives 479 million gallons water a day (MGD) towards 609 MGD from Haryana. Besides, Delhi attracts 90 MGD groundwater and receives 250 MGD from the Upper Ganga Canal.

As per a Supreme Court order of February 1996, the pond stage in Wazirabad has to be saved full. The regular stage of the Yamuna close to Wazirabad Pond must be 674.50 toes nevertheless it has dropped to 670.90 toes.

Haryana provides water to Delhi by the Carrier-Lined Channel (CLC), Delhi Sub-Branch (DSB) and the Yamuna. CLC and DSB provide water from Hathni Kund through Munak canal and BBMC.

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