Military partially restores water supply in Dehli

Military partially restores water supply in Dehli

- The military has partially restored water supply in Dehli

- The schools that were closed down in the city has been asked to reopen

Military partially restores water supply in Dehli

Water supply restored partially in India

Water supply has been partially restored in the Indian capital, Delhi, after a protests led to water shortage.

The shortage which affected close to 10 million people was caused by protesters who sabotaged a key canal. The army took control of the Munak canal in neighbouring Haryana state on Monday after Jat community protesters who were angry at caste job quotas, seized it.

Protesters went on the rampage despite a curfew and the deployment of the army, which is reported to have opened fire on them, in the districts of Rohtak and Jhajjar.

Delhi Water Minister Kapil Mishra said the "crisis was still not over" and urged people to use water carefully. In view of the above the city's schools, which were closed because of the crisis, have reopened.

Sixteen million people live in Delhi, and around three-fifths of the city's water is supplied by the Munak canal, which runs through Haryana. Mr Mishra tweeted on Tuesday morning that "some water has been released" from the canal. This had led to the restoration of partial supplies in north and central Delhi.

He said more than 70 water tankers from these areas had been moved to the western part of the city, where partial supplies would be "hopefully" restored by Tuesday evening.

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"The supply will be limited till the time the Munak [canal] is totally repaired. The crisis is not yet over. People should use water carefully," he said.

Senior water board official Neeraj Semwal told the AFP news agency that four of Delhi's nine water treatment plants were operating, forcing rationing of supplies to many areas but  It is not clear how many households are still without water.

Prior warnings meant that people had managed to save water, and tankers had been despatched to affected areas of the city, but that this has not been enough to make up for the shortfall.

The army took control of parts of the canal on Monday morning, but repairs are expected to take time. Eighteen people have been killed and hundreds injured in three days of riots.

 

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