New Delhi: Delhi and Haryana on Monday failed to resolve the dispute over water-sharing prompting the Centre to chalk out a plan of action which includes deploying of engineers to check the veracity of claims and counter-claims.

With Delhi facing severe water shortage, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit and her Haryana counterpart Bhupinder Singh Hooda met here in a bid to resolve the dispute but failed to end the deadlock with both sides sticking to their respective positions.

Highly placed sources told here that engineers from the Central Water Commission (CWC) and the Upper Yamuna Board could be deputed at the sites from where Haryana releases water to Delhi.

Similarly, engineers would also be posted at sites in Delhi which receive water from the neighbouring states. This would help tab the actual water quantity supplied and received. 

The two-hour meeting between Dikshit and Hooda, which was attended by Union Water Resources Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal, saw Delhi accusing the neighbouring state of cutting the raw water supply while Haryana claimed that it is supplying almost double the share of the national capital.

The meeting took place following an intervention by Prime Minister's Office.

After the meeting, Hooda told reporters that "Delhi is the capital of the country and is facing water shortage. I am also concerned about that. Whenever there is more demand, we will work out a solution."

Sources said Bansal asked both the Chief Ministers to take "flexible" positions and resolve their differences through talks.

In the meeting, Dikshit forcefully demanded more water from Haryana saying the national capital cannot be deprived of its "legitimate" requirement of water.

Meanwhile, it is learnt that officials from the Water Resources Ministry briefed Home Minister P Chidambaram on the water-sharing discord between the two states.

(Agencies)


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