New Delhi: The water dispute between Delhi and Haryana once again reignited after Haryana refused to share 102-km long Munak canal water.

According to sources, during the Yojna Board meeting held in New Delhi on Thursday, it was expected that a consensus may be reached on the Munak canal water sharing issue but the concerned officials of the Haryana government said that Munak canal water belongs to the people of Haryana and they need this water for irrigation . Thus, it can’t be shared.

The Delhi government has now sought centre’s intervention into the matter.

The Munak canal water dispute between Delhi and Haryana is not new. The construction of 102-km long canal was started in 2003 to ensure supply of fresh water to both Delhi and Haryana. As per the signed agreement, out of 140 million gallon daily (MGD) Delhi was slated to get 80 MGD while Haryana was supposed to get 60 MGD. Delhi Jal Board was also asked to pay Rs 200 crore to the Haryana government.

The dispute first erupted in 2008 when the Haryana government demanded extra money from the Delhi Jal Board but Delhi refused to pay it  leading to a controversy. The Haryana had pulled back from the work demanding immediate release of additional Rs 150 crore. Only 20 km of the 102-km long canal falls in Delhi’s territory.

However, in August 2011, the issue was solved after Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s intervention.

According to Delhi Jal Board officials, Rs 404 crore has been given to the Haryana government so far.

(JPN/Bureau)