Stating that the national capital has never faced a water crisis of such magnitude, Delhi Water Minister Kapil Mishra said on Sunday that poison was being dumped into the water supply in certain parts in Haryana, resulting in the high ammonia level which had forced the shutdown of two major water plants.
“For the past two months, we have been forced to shut down the water plant several times due to the ammonia content. The plants at Wazirabad, Chandrawal and Okhla have been shut down. The main canal which supplies water has been damaged due to the Jat agitations. Delhi has never faced such a water crisis before,” Mishra said.
He asserted that despite the efforts by the state government, the ammonia level in the water kept rising which forced the shutdown of Wazairabad and Chandrawal plants.
Mishra stated that he has been receiving evidences, reports and surveys on where the ammonia is being found. “Based on the reports that I got, it can be seen that poisonous water is being dumped into the waters in Haryana in some places. This is a clear violation of the Supreme Court order and its irresponsible behaviour, as we have been forced to shut down plants because of this,” he said.
He also said that the current condition meant that water was not being able to reach almost 35-40 lakh people into the national capital and added that water will not be completely provided in north and central Delhi until Chandrawal and Wazirabad plants are activated again. “The ammonia level has reached 3.6 and our team is working 24 hours to fix the problem. The matter is simple… if there is poison in the water, we can’t supply it out,” Mishra said.
During the quota stir, members of the Jat community had damaged the Munak Canal which is the main source of water for the national capital.