Chandigarh: Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar has been embroiled in a controversy over use of around a thousand litres of water to prepare a helipad, at a time when the state faced water shortage. Around thousand litres of water were reportedly used in preparing a helipad for Khattar's chopper in Yamunanagar on Wednesday.
However, Deputy Commissioner Yamunanagar, S S Phulia, said "There is no wastage of water in preparing the helipad as it was being portrayed by a section of media. Only that much water was used as was required for smooth landing of the chopper," Phulia said.
Opposition Congress said when several districts across the country were facing a drought-like situation and there was an acute shortage of water at many places in Haryana, "wasting" huge amount of water to prepare helipads could be avoided.
"Water must not be wasted in circumstances like these when over 250 districts across the country are facing drought. This includes Haryana which also does not have enough water," Haryana Congress President, Ashok Tanwar said.
"I met Deputy Commissioner at Sirsa today, there are several places in Sirsa district on borders of Rajasthan which do not get clean water.
If you multiply CM Khattar's trips to various places, see how much water would be wasted for preparing these strips," Tanwar said.
Notably, the visit of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav to Lalitpur on Tuesday also had to face flak for his makeshift helipad at a time when the area is witnessing drought.
Earlier, a similar controversy involving Maharashtra minister Eknath Khadse had erupted when 10,000 litres of water were used to prepare a helipad for his visit to drought-hit Latur district.