Satyagrah unless Delhi water crisis solved by June 21: Atishi

New Delhi, June 19 (UNI) Aam Aadmi Party leader and Delhi Cabinet Minister Atishi on Wednesday accused Haryana’s BJP government of denying Delhi’s share of water, and threatened to begin a “Satyagrah” if the issue is not resolved by June 21.

Addressing the media here, Atishi said, “I have written a letter to PM Modi requesting him to ensure that the people of Delhi get their rightful share of water. If the people of Delhi do not get their rightful share of water by June 21, then I will be compelled to do a Satyagrah.”

“Delhi is getting 100 MGD less water from the BJP government of Haryana. Due to this, 28 lakh people of Delhi are getting less water. We have made every possible effort but the BJP government of Haryana is not giving Delhi its share of water,” Atishi alleged.

The Minister further said, “Supreme Court also acknowledged the water crisis in Delhi but even after this, the BJP government of Haryana did not provide Delhi its share of water.”

“Our MLAs went to meet the Union Jal Shakti Minister but he was not available. Yesterday our officials went to Haryana government officials to demand water for Delhi’s share but they refused to give water. There are 3 crore people living in both the states Haryana and Delhi but while Haryana gets 6050 MGD of water, Delhi gets only 1050 MGD of water,” Atishi added.

The total water supply in Delhi is 1050 MGD, out of which 613 MGD water comes from Haryana but Haryana is not giving the entire water share of Delhi, she said.

Meanwhile, various locations across the city are witnessing crowds around water tanker distribution points as people are queuing up with canisters and buckets to get water to fulfill their everyday basic needs.

The areas such as Okhla, Geeta Colony, Sangam Vihar, Uttam Nagar, Vikas Puri, Moti Nagar, Chanakyapuri, Narela, Rohini, Janakpuri, Vikas Puri, Moti Nagar, Patel Nagar, Chhatarpur, Karawal Nagar, Mukherjee Nagar, Krishna Nagar and Shahdara among other are still facing severe water shortage. The issue has now impacted Lutyen’s zone, which is also known as the heart of Delhi. The hospitals nearby New Delhi Municipal Council are complaining about the water shortage.

According to NDMC, the water shortage is affecting the area due to the underground 40% shortfall of water in reservoirs at Tilak Nagar and Bengali Market.

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