Damage to Indian canal affects Delhi water supply

Water supply in city of New Delhi to be limited to 18 million residents after protesters critically damaged canal

Photo by: AFP
Photo by: AFP

A damaged portion of the Munak canal, which supplies water to New Delhi, near Bindroli village in Haryana's Sonipat district, on February 22, 2016.

After a canal link was broken near New Delhi during caste protests, officials say water will be limited to 18 million residents of the city until engineers can fully repair the canal.

The Indian capital's water vulnerability has been highlighted after the protesters knocked down the Munak canal link in Haryana State over the weekend, which provides about 60 percent of the city’s water supply by channeling water from north Indian rivers. New Delhi receives little rain and struggles to provide enough water for its people even when its water infrastructure is working as intended.

In the northern and central parts of the city supplies have been partially restored, Delhi Water Minister Kapil Mishra said, adding that water will hopefully reach western Delhi by Tuesday evening.

He said 70 water tankers have been sent to western neighbourhoods with rations in the meantime.

TRTWorld and agencies