Vrindavan, 2017.07.29 (VT): Summer in India means scarcity of water, and the demand greatly exceeds the supply. Each year around this time there are reports of water being “stolen” for commercial use. There is even a so-called “water mafia” that illegally extracts water from dicey sources and sells it as drinking water.
Recently it was reported that 1,000 cusecs of water from the Agra Canal earmarked for Mathura and Agra is being “stolen” by Haryana farmers.
The huge amount of water was released from the Okhla Barrage for agricultural use in Mathura and Agra, yet the region continues to suffer a water crisis. Now, a recent survey has uncovered 200 illegal siphoning points in the area of Faridabad and Palwal.
These illegal siphoning points are all located within a mere 79 kilometer radius. Forty three individuals are believed to be responsible for the water theft. It is said that formal complaints have been lodged against them.
A previous survey in 2016 found 334 illegal siphoning points in the same area, which were subsequently shut down at great expense to the government.
The Agra Canal originates from the Okhla Barrage and continues through Haryana into Uttar Pradesh. The Yamuna River is is the source of its water. About 1.5 lakh hectares of land in Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan are dependant on the Canal for irrigation.
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