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Delhi to get more water
Sarbjit Dhaliwal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 28
As the water in the Narwana branch of the Bhakra Mainline Canal will be released in the wee hours tomorrow, New Delhi which has been facing drinking water crisis, will start getting water supply from this canal on August 30.

Officials sources in the Punjab Irrigation Department said today that the Bhakra Beas Management Board (BBMB) has been asked to increase the water supply in the Bhakra Mainline Canal around midnight to enable the Irrigation Department to further release the water in the Narwana branch.

Sources said that the Haryana Government authorities concerned had requested the Punjab Irrigation Department officials concerned to release first only 500 cusecs of water in the Narwana branch as it was required for further supply to Delhi through Yamuna canal system. “We have requested the BBMB authorities concerned to first release additional 500 cusecs water. “When we got the fresh indent letter from the Haryana Government, the supply of water in the Narwana branch would be increased,” said a senior official of the Punjab Irrigation Department.

“We have informed the Haryana Government authorities concerned as well as the Delhi Government with regard to the release of water in the Narwana branch,” said the Punjab official. About 400 cusecs of water is availed by Delhi from this canal system for drinking purpose, it is learnt.

Water in the Narwana branch would be released from Sonda head regulator on the Bhakra Mainline Canal, near Sirhind, it is learnt. Water would enter the Haryana territory by evening tomorrow for further supply to Delhi.

In fact a few days ago the Delhi Government authorities concerned had rushed a team of the Delhi Jal Board to Punjab to have a first-hand report regarding the progress of work regarding the plugging of breaches on the Narwana branch in Punjab areas. The Delhi Government had started feeling the heat in the absence of adequate supply of drinking water in the Union Capital. Sources said that the authorities concerned in Delhi had imposed a cut on water supply to various areas.

In fact water in the canal was first planned to be released on August 23. However, it could not be released as the repair work on the breaches on the canal was obstructed by bad weather during the past week.

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