New Delhi: The severe water crisis in Delhi is likely to continue as city government's efforts to get additional water from neighbouring Haryana to ease the worsening situation did not fructify.

At a meeting here, Delhi Chief Secretary P K Tripathi asked his Haryana counterpart P K Chaudhery to release more water to Delhi to address the problem of water shortage but the latter turned down the request, saying his state was also facing the same situation.

Asked about outcome of the meeting, Tripathi said both sides agreed to improve coordination in matters relating to withdrawal of water by Delhi from Yamuna barrage for Wazirabad and Hedayatpur water treatment plants.

"We have decided to improve coordination among the two sides," he said.

Sources said Tripathi requested Chaudhery to provide additional water to Delhi apart from daily supply of 1,000 cusecs but the Haryana Chief Secretary expressed inability to do so.

Several areas of Delhi have been facing severe water shortage for the last few weeks. The situation has deteriorated further in South Delhi on Saturday when a major pipeline broke down after an under-construction building fell on it.

DJB Chief Executive Officer Debashree Mukherjee said the broken pipe has been repaired and supply through it will resume soon.

The current average demand of potable water in the city is around 1,100 mgd (million gallons per day) and currently Delhi Jal Board supplies around 800 mgd water across the city after treating raw water in its treatment plants.

The demand is projected to touch around 1,400 mgd by end of the 12th Five Year Plan in 2017.

Several areas of Delhi have been facing severe water shortage for the last few weeks. The situation has deteriorated further in South Delhi on Saturday when a major pipeline broke down after an under-construction building fell on it.

DJB Chief Executive Officer Debashree Mukherjee said the broken pipe has been repaired and supply through it will resume soon.

The current average demand of potable water in the city is around 1,100 mgd (million gallons per day) and currently Delhi Jal Board supplies around 800 mgd water across the city after treating raw water in its treatment plants.

The demand is projected to touch around 1,400 mgd by end of the 12th Five Year Plan in 2017.

(Agencies)

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