The share of Yamuna river water in Rajasthan has doubled in the year of 2019. According to officials, this has resulted as per the monitoring by the Central Water Commission.
Farmers received more water for irrigation as unauthorised lifting of Rajasthan’s share in Haryana and Uttar Pradesh was checked.
Naveen Mahajan, Secretary, Rajasthan Water Resources Department was quoted by a national daily as, “For 15 years, Rajasthan has been raising the issue of short supply at various levels and in the meetings of Yamuna basin states and Upper Yamuna River Board (UYRB). Our efforts resulted in significant improvement of supply in 2019. From September to December, Rajasthan received 28,388 cusec of Yamuna water, which is more than double of 13,829 cusec that the state got in the same period of 2018.”
As per reports, Rajasthan was allotted 1.119 billion cubic meter of Yamuna river water among Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Delhi. However, Rajasthan was receiving 41 percent of its share due to short supply and unauthorised lifting in Haryana and Uttar Pradesh.
There are two routes through which Yamuna river water is supplied in Rajasthan, which are Gurgaon main canal and Bharatpur feeder. The Gurgaon main canal system covers the area of Deeg, Kaman and Pahara areas of Bharatpur and the Bharatpur feeder covers the area of Deeg and Kumher areas. Another channel of entry is Agra canal located in Okhla, New Delhi.
According to Mahajan, a committee of chief engineers of basin states was set up during the 57th meeting of UYRB to check the availability of water at Okhla and its distribution to states. Based on the monitoring of distribution, the state government is working to improve the carrying capacity of the irrigation system, which is often hampered owing to siltation and erosion of banks.
Mahajan added, “The state government is now taking up repair and bank strengthening work to be able to receive water as per demand in the command area and share of state at Okhla barrage. Rs 1.45 crore has been sanctioned for restoring the capacities of the Rajasthan link canal in Haryana and Rs 70 lakh for the Bharatpur feeder in Uttar Pradesh.