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Water supply to be affected in many parts of Delhi

Water supply to be affected in many parts of Delhi

NEW DELHI: A major part of Delhi such as Central Delhi, North and South and entire part of New Delhi Municipal Council will not get water supply due to discharge of high level of pollutant from Haryana in Yamuna river as Wazirabad water treatment plant, Chandrawal and Okhla Treatment plants have been shut. Owing to discharging highly pollutants water from neighbouring state Haryana in Yamuna river, the Delhi Jal Board (DJB) was "forced to shut down" three water treatment plants (WTPs) at Wazirabad (130 MGD), Chandrawal (90 MGD) and Okhla (20 MGD) on Sunday.

According to Delhi Jal Board statements this move is likely to trigger a water crisis in the city, which may affect nearly one-third population. Therefore, there will be no water supply in Central Delhi, North Delhi, part of South Delhi, part of West Delhi and in the whole New Delhi Municipal Corporation(NDMC) area, till the situation improves.

As a result, more than 30 per cent of population of Delhi living in walled city, Central, North Delhi and the entire areas of NDMC (NEW Delhi Municipal Council) and institutions of utmost importance including Rashtrapati Bhavan, Parliament, Prime Minister's Office and other parts of Lutyens' Delhi get adversely affected. "The raw water supply from the Yamuna has been affected due to industrial pollutants from the Sonepat and Panipat drains," a DJB official said. The DJB also claimed that while the issue of "untreated discharge of industrial waste" into the Yamuna had been raised repeatedly, the Haryana Government has not taken any concrete measures to check it. DJB Vice-chairman Dinesh Mohania claimed that 50 percent recovery has been done.

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