Faced with cut in water supply from Haryana due to the Jat stir, the Delhi government has announced closure of schools on Monday as part of water rationing in the city to deal with the crisis.
After a high-level emergency meeting, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said barring Rashtrapati Bhavan, offices and residences of the Prime Minister, Chief Justice of India, defence installations, hospitals and fire brigade, water will be rationed equally among others. He said his residence and office will also come under water rationing.
He said disruption in water supply to Delhi from Haryana's Munak canal due to the Jat agitation has severely affected the city and appealed to the people to conserve water as much as possible.
"Barring President,PM,CJI,defence installations, hospis,fire brigades- water to be equally rationed amongst all. Pl save water. Schools closed tomo," Kejriwal said in a tweet.
Barring Prez,PM,CJI,defence installations,hospis,fire brigades- water to be equally rationed amongst all. Pl save water. Schools closed tomo— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) February 21, 2016
Since yest, v r pursuing wid Har n Central govts to seek army help to open Munak canal,which supplies Del water. Pray something happens soon— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) February 21, 2016
Del facing unprecedented water crisis. Soon, water will have to be rationed. Shudn't scarcity be equally shared betn public n VIPs?— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) February 21, 2016
The Delhi government had last night moved the Supreme Court, seeking a direction to the Centre to intervene and ensure water supply from Munak canal.
The Chief Minister said all the water treatment plants have been shut and even if Haryana releases water today it will take at least 24 hours more to restore the supply.
"There is very little water as it is not coming from there (canal). All the water treatment plants are closed and whatever water is stored in reservoirs is being supplied through the tankers," he said.
Meanwhile, at least eight people were killed and 78 others injured as situation continued to remain tense on Sunday in several parts of Haryana, which was hit by Jat quota stir after it turned violent even as security personnel staged flag marches in affected areas.
Former Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda began his indefinite hunger as he called for peace and harmony in the state.
Despite various political leaders including Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar appealing protesting Jats to maintain calm and peace, the incidents of violence and arson continued during the night in various parts of the state, crippling the normal life in worst affected places like Rohtak, Jind, Bhiwani, Jhajjar, Sonipat, Hisar.
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