Acute water crisis in Indian capital ‘Delhi’

Acute water crisis in Indian capital ‘Delhi’

Team Ambitiousbaba are here with a Current Affairs Special Series. In this series, candidates will be introduced to current affairs topics daily, which will not only improve their general awareness but also will ensure that the candidates do not lack in any current affairs topic. Today’s Current Affairs topic is “Acute water crisis in Indian capital ‘Delhi’

Delhi has been facing a severe water shortage this summer, with water levels wiping out in the Yamuna. Delhi Jal Board (DJB) has issued a latest notice warning the public of water shortages. Delhi Jal Board (DJB) has also informed that it had “done rationalization” of water in Delhi and that water will be available at low pressure until sufficient water will be availed.

Reason behind a shortage of water in Delhi:

  • Delhi is depended on the Yamuna for roughly 40% of the water it supplies. Delhi’s share of Yamuna water comes up from Haryana, which lies upstream. With the river’s water level tapering this year, it has been difficult for water treatment plants in Delhi to get raw water for meeting the demand.
  • The DJB has assigned the shortage to getting inadequate quantities from Haryana. Water will be availed at low pressure till the “sufficient water is released by Haryana in DSB, CLC and River Yamuna.

Water level in Yamuna:

  • As northwest India having experienced an unduly warm summer and a shortfall in rainfall over the past few months, the parts of the river bed of the Yamuna are visible as it runs through Delhi.
  • The shortage of rainfall over northwest India from March to May this year is 63%. Even in addition, northwest India has also experienced shortfall its hottest March and April in 122 years.

Actions to be deal with the crisis:

  • To meet the demand, the DJB has been pulling more groundwater from tube wells. Delhi has also planned to set up RO plants in the city to boost drinking water availability.
  • Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s government is already working on recharging groundwater to increase the production capacity in the city.
  • Delhi government had also requested to the Haryana government to release more water towards Delhi so they can meet the demand.

Question & Answer:

Q1. Which Indian state is facing acute water crisis?

Ans. Delhi

Q2. The demand of water in Delhi city is supplied through which river?

Ans. Yamuna

Q3. From which state Yamuna river’s water flows to Delhi?

Ans. Haryana


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