Delhi water crisis: Atishi writes to PM to intervene & mitigate woes, will go on indefinite fast if situation not resolved

She further wrote that the total water supply in Delhi is 1050 MGD, out of which 613 MGD water comes from Haryana. But for the last two weeks, the water coming from Haryana has reduced considerably.
Delhi Minister  Atishi showing the letter submitted to the PM Modi demanding water supply  at AAP Hq in New Delhi on Wednesday.
Delhi Minister Atishi showing the letter submitted to the PM Modi demanding water supply at AAP Hq in New Delhi on Wednesday.Photo | Shekhar yadav, EPS

NEW DELHI: Amid ongoing water crisis in the national capital, Delhi Water Minister Atishi on Wednesday wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi requesting the immediate release of water from neighbouring state Haryana. The minister said that if water is not provided, she will begin an indefinite 'Satyagraha' from June 21.

Atishi, in her letter said that it must be known that on May 29, the temperature in Delhi was 52.9 degrees Celsius, which was unprecedented. On Tuesday last, the temperature was 47 degrees. Even at 10 pm the temperature was 41 degrees. Delhi has not experienced this much heat in the last 100 years. In this scorching heat, the need of water for the people of Delhi has increased. But when Delhiites need water in large quantities, there is a water shortage in Delhi. There is a panic for water in the city.

She further wrote that the total water supply in Delhi is 1050 MGD, out of which 613 MGD water comes from Haryana. But for the last two weeks, the water coming from Haryana has reduced considerably. If we look at the figures of June 18, only 513 MGD water was sent by Haryana to Delhi. That means Delhi is getting 100 MGD less water.

"1 MGD of water provides water to approximately 28,500 people in a day. Due to shortage of 100 MGD water, 28 lakh people are not getting water. That means Haryana government has stopped water supply to 28 lakh Delhiites. Prime Minister ji, You tell me, is it right to keep 28 lakh Delhiites thirsty?" the Water Minister said.

Delhi Minister  Atishi showing the letter submitted to the PM Modi demanding water supply  at AAP Hq in New Delhi on Wednesday.
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"I wrote a letter to the Chief Minister of Haryana and requested him to release extra water. But Haryana government did not release the water. I folded my hands in front of Himachal Pradesh and requested for water for Delhi. Himachal Pradesh is ready to provide its additional water, but that too has to come through Haryana. Haryana government has also refused to provide water coming from Himachal," she further said in her letter.

Atishi said that the Delhi government also went to the Supreme Court to provide water to these 28 lakh people. The Supreme Court also accepted the ongoing water crisis in Delhi, however the Haryana government did not provide 100 MGD water to the people of Delhi. Rulling party MLAs also went to meet the Union Jal Shakti Minister, but he did not meet.

"Prime Minister ji, the people of Delhi are very troubled. Now I cannot see this trouble. I have tried everything possible, but the Haryana government is not ready to give water to the people of Delhi. Now I am requesting you with folded hands that you provide water to 28 lakh people of Delhi. In case the city does not get water, I will have to do 'Satyagraha" from 21st June and sit on an indefinite hunger strike," the city's water minister concluded in her letter.

Delhi Minister  Atishi showing the letter submitted to the PM Modi demanding water supply  at AAP Hq in New Delhi on Wednesday.
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