Manohar Lal Khattar, the Chief Minister of Haryana, has accused Delhi's Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government of playing petty politics over water allocation. On Friday, Khattar remarked that if Delhi needed more water, Punjab should first be requested to release Haryana's portion of the water. The Aam Aadmi Party government was formed in Punjab after winning the legislative elections this year, led by Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann.
The Delhi government submitted an SOS (emergency) call to Haryana a few days ago, begging it to release extra water in the Yamuna river to help alleviate the capital's water crisis.
According to Khattar, Haryana is fully complying with the Supreme Court's water-sharing deal with Delhi, releasing more than 1,049 cusecs of Yamuna water to Delhi every day. He stated that we cannot deny Haryana its fair share of water and cannot give Delhi more water than it is entitled to.
Instead of playing petty politics over water, CM Khattar believes the Delhi government should persuade the Punjab government to provide water from Haryana's legal share as soon as possible. I vow that on the same day that Punjab gives our share, Haryana will enhance Delhi's existing water share.
He claimed that while Haryana is experiencing water scarcity, Delhi is receiving its fair share of water. He claims that anytime the Delhi Jal Board has gone to the Supreme Court or the High Court, it has been proven that Haryana is releasing more than 1049 cusecs of water from Moonak Headworks to Delhi, despite the Delhi government's claim of 719 cusecs. Unfortunately, he is engaging in petty politics by using bluster.
He stated that the Delhi administration should recognise that addressing their drinking water needs is not solely Haryana's duty. She can also contribute to the creation of water management plans.
According to Khattar, the state has experienced a power shortfall of up to 1800 MW in recent days. Electricity consumption is about 700 to 800 lakh units higher than last year. Currently, the state's maximum demand is 9874 MW, while the power supply is also 9874 MW. We have been able to supply electricity that is equivalent to consumption since May 16. Adani's plants have also begun receiving 600 MW of power, with the prospect of receiving even more.
Khedar Unit-2 is expected to provide an additional 600 MW of power by May 30. Similarly, 26 MW of solar and wind power are now available, and 127 MW of solar power will be available by June 15. To meet the power requirements for paddy transplantation, 300 MW of power has been arranged from Jammu and Kashmir.
Haryana, according to the Chief Minister, has plans to build power plants outside of the state as well. Saving electricity is also being emphasised. So far, 1.56 crore LED bulbs have been distributed to domestic consumers through the UJALA scheme. This has resulted in annual savings of 2027 million units and a peak demand reduction of 406 MW. Under this scheme, a total of 2,13,302 LED tube lights were distributed to domestic consumers.
According to the UJALA portal dashboard, this has resulted in 9.34 million units of energy saved per year and a four MW reduction in peak demand. Furthermore, 60,709 energy-efficient fans have been distributed to domestic consumers through the UJALA scheme. This has resulted in annual energy savings of 5.65 million units and a 2 MW reduction in peak demand.