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Rajasthan takes its water war with Haryana to Centre

CM Ashok Gehlot says state not getting its share of water from Yamuna

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Rajasthan Chief minister Ashok Gehlot has raised a demand from the Modi government to intervene on the issue of inter-state agreements for distribution of Yamuna waters and ensure that Haryana releases the allocated share of water for Rajasthan from Tajewala headworks.

Gehlot raised the issue before Union water resources minister Nitin Gadkari, in whose presence he signed an MOU along with CMs of Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Delhi and Uttar Pradesh on Renuka Ji Dam Project. Rajasthan will get 9.3 per cent water from the storage under this project.

Gehlot said that Haryana government had not agreed upon this rightful demand of Rajasthan since past 24 years. "As a consequence a huge population of Churu, Jhunjhunu and Sikar districts are not getting water for drinking and irrigation. Similarly, the state was not getting its allocated share of water for Bharatpur district from Okhala headworks," he said.

With water scarcity gripping a wider area every year, inter-state water wars will pose huge challenges before the governments in the years.

The CM apprised Gadkari that Rajasthan was continuously working with Haryana government since 2003 for signing an agreement to take the allocated share of water from Tajewala headworks as per MoU signed in 1994 between the five states. "Haryana government should be directed by the Centre to agree to this MoU so that Rajasthan could get its share of water," CM said.

Rajasthan is not getting its rightful water share even from the Okhala headworks for Bharatpur district. As per the pact, the state could get only 40% of its share during past 17 years since its allocation. Releasing lesser amount of water and its illegal exploitation was the reason behind this, Gehlot argued. He further asked the Central government to direct Haryana and Uttar Pradesh governments to release Rajasthan's share of water and stop its illegal usage in their respective areas.

Gehlot said, the objections raised by Madhya Pradesh government on ambitious Eastern Rajasthan Canal Project (ERCP) were also wrong. "This project was proposed as per agreement signed between Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh in 1999 and 2005. This project would make drinking and irrigation water available for 13 districts of Rajasthan including Jhalawar, Baran, Kota, Bundi, Sawai Madhopur, Ajmer, Tonk, Jaipur, Dausa, Karauli, Alwar, Bharatpur and Dholpur. Thus, the objections of MP should be shunned and Detailed Project Report be immediately approved by Central Water Commission."

INTER-STATE WATER WARS

Rajasthan-Haryana dispute is among several tussles over water across India

Cauvery: Tamil Nadu & Karnataka

Krishna: Andhra Pradesh & Telangana

Godavari: Andhra Pradesh & Telangana

Vansadhara: Odisha & Andhra Pradesh

Mahadayi: Karnataka & Goa

Mahanadi: Odisha & Chhattisgarh

RAJASTHAN’S GRIPE

6,193 crore – pending at Central level for irrigation of command areas

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