The ongoing Jat agitation in Haryana is now affecting the national capital as protesters damaged a key supply link to New Delhi.
Anticipating sever water shortage in the capital, Delhi government has ordered all schools shut on Monday. Kejriwal government has also started rationing water supplies to avoid the shortage.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal urged citizens in the capital to save water.
“Barring President House, Prime Minister, Chief Justice of India, defence installations, hospitals, water will be equally rationed amongst all,” said Kejriwal on twitter.
Delhi government has also asked traffic police to provide free access to water tankers and treat water supply as emergency service.
Chief Minister Kejriwal met Sisodia, water minister Kapil Mishra, Delhi Jal Board chief and the secretary of the New Delhi Municipal Corporation at an emergency meeting on Sunday morning.
Senior ministers in Aam Aadmi party government said seven water treatment plants were forced shut after mobs broke the control machinery of the Munak canal in Haryana.
“We are left with no water now, this morning’s supply was the last one,” said Delhi water minister Kapil Sharma.
“Have directed all schools to be closed tomorrow due to water crisis. No water available now. Still no hope to get it,” said Deputy Chief Minister Sisodia.
National Crisis Management Committee, headed by Cabinet Secretary PK Sinha spoke to Haryana governmnet officials and said that water supply to Delhi should be the top priority and all measures should be taken to ensure that no disruption in water supply takes place. Director General of Police of Haryana, YP Singhal assured the AAP government that they will streamline water supply to national capital.
“Our top priority today is to open water supply to Delhi” YP Singhal, Haryana DGP
Delhi government on February 20th moved the Supreme Court seeking its direction to the Centre to ensure water supply to the national capital from Munak Canal.
The apex court is likely to hear the government’s plea to resolve the issue on Sunday morning.
Against the total production of 820 million gallons per day (MGD) of potable water, only 240 MGD was being produced because of the disruption of supply from Haryana, Delhi Jal Board officials said.
Dwarka, Janakpuri, Munirka, Palam, Rajouri Garden, Punjabi Bagh, Vasant Kunj, Saket, Green Park and Lodhi Colony are alreadt affected by no or less water.