NEW DELHI: With the population growing each year, Delhi Jal Board has been banking heavily on two major projects to meet the city’s ever increasing water demand. Munak Canal, a lined carrier that would have brought water to Delhi from Haryana, is expected to yield an additional 80 million gallons per day of water that at present is lost as leakages through the existing system. Renuka Dam will bring an additional 275 MGD to the city.
Delhi is heavily dependent on the success of these projects. “We do not have any other source. Groundwater is all we can rely on but levels of even that have fallen drastically and there is only so much that can be extracted. Delhi is a continuously growing city and Renuka is our only hope in the long run. Two other dams Kishau and Lakhwar Vyasi are also in the pipeline but we are yet to plan for them,” said an official.
While Delhi has already paid more than Rs 200 crore for Renuka Dam, the Haryana-based project has been stuck for lack of environment clearance. If and once it gets the nod, the dam will take at least 8-10 years for completion. That leaves Delhi at the mercy of its neighbours to supply it with water.
As the fate of Munak Canal too hangs in balance, the government is looking at two other options to help it tide over the impending crisis. One is recycling of water at treatment plants that has already started and is yielding over 25 MGD water. The other is ‘new’ water or recycled waste and sewage. Within the next three years, DJB is looking at recycling 40 MGD of waste, adding to raw water and cleaning it at water treatment plants. This will benefit 3-4 million people in the city.