Debating India

No extra water for Delhi: Mulayam

Saturday 18 June 2005

`Centre should guarantee power for U.P. to get water for Delhi’

ETAH: The Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, Mulayam Singh Yadav, on Friday categorically refused to give additional water to Delhi.

The Chief Minister’s statement runs contrary to reports emanating from Delhi, quoting Delhi Jal Board (DJB), claiming that Uttar Pradesh would release an additional 270 cusecs (cu) of water immediately.

The report, on Thursday, had said that Mr Yadav had taken the decision to immediately release water following intervention by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

The Chief Minister, who unveiled the bust of Kargil hero Capt Sunil Yadav near here, claimed that the State had sought Rs 13,000 crores from the Centre to improve the power generation in the State.

However, Mr Yadav maintained since the Centre showed no interest in his demand, he would prefer to arrange for power and water for his people than cater to other States.

The Samajwadi Party supremo claimed that when the Centre was not concerned about Uttar Pradesh’s power situation, why should he show concern about the former.

He said first the Centre should guarantee power and water for U.P., only then would he think about other States. — UNI

See online : The Hindu

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