New Delhi: The Dwarka water treatment plant, operation of which was halted during the Jat quota stir, will resume functioning on Friday, said Delhi Water Minister Kapil Mishra on Wednesday.
Water supply in large parts of the city was severely hit after Jat agitators had forcibly shut down the Munak Canal in Haryana and its Delhi sub-branch. The city has a demand of 1,200 MGD (million gallons per day).
"I visited Munak Canal and water has been released on Tuesday night and the quantity is being gradually increased. The Dwarka plant will start functioning on 11 March (Friday)," said Mishra.
The plant, which has the capacity to treat 50 MGD, was inaugurated by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal last year to
cater to the residents of the Dwarka sub-city.
Mishra, also the Chairman of the Delhi Jal Board (DJB), said the rest of the treatment plants will also reach their
respective peak capacities with the normalisation of the Munak Canal, the largest source of water supply to Delhi.
Jat protesters, demanding reservation, had stopped water supply to the canal and breached its banks.
Two columns of the army comprising around 150 personnel, besides Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and Haryana Police contingents had taken control of the canal on 22 February after evicting the protesters who were squatting at the site.