Delhi’s water crisis ends, Jats call off protest

New Delhi/Ghaziabad, June 14 (IANS) The water crisis that had gripped the Indian capital ended Monday after Jats in Uttar Pradesh demanding job quotas called off a protest during which they cut off water to Delhi.

Leaders of the Jat community in Ghaziabad district bordering the capital announced the end of their crippling protest saying the central government had promised to talk to them.

‘A 12-member team (of Jats) will come to Delhi to discuss their demands with the central government,’ said Santosh Vaidya, additional chief executive officer in the Delhi Jal Board (DJB).

‘The central government was requested to look into the matter as it was an inter-state issue,’ Vaidya told IANS.

He said the Jats who had cut off supplies to two water treatment plants in the capital had now released fresh water.

‘The two pipelines will be refilled within three hours. There will be no water crisis for Delhiites,’ Vaidya said.

The Jat community in Ghaziabad is seeking job quotas and reservation in educational institutions.

Earlier, the Delhi government pleaded with Haryana to supply water to its Sonia Vihar water treatment plant. The request was withdrawn following the Jat decision.

The Ghaziabad administration held discussions with Jat leaders early in the day after people in south and east Delhi were hit hard by the water crisis.

‘Our community agitated because we were not given reservation in central government services,’ Jat Arakshhan Sangharsh Samiti president Yash Pal Singh Malik said.

On Sunday, the Jats organised a public meeting at a college in Muradnagar town. At about 4.30 p.m., the panchayat decided to stop the water supply to the capital.

The leaders then went to the water treatment plant at Abupur and closed the gates from where water flows to the Sonia Vihar and Bhagirathi plants that serve about 40 percent of Delhi’s water needs.

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