An official of the Uttar Pradesh Irrigation Department said that water supplies to Delhi, Noida and Agra are likely to be affected due to maintenance work of Ganga Canal here which was closed on Friday. According to Upendra Kumar, supervising engineer at UP’s Irrigation Department, the canal will remain closed until November 5 for maintenance work, affecting the water supply in the national capital and Uttar Pradesh.
Water supplies will be cut off in 19 districts of UP, including Muzaffarnagar, Meerut, Bulandshahr, Ghaziabad, Aligarh, Ita, Hathras and Firozabad, and farmers are likely to face shortages. During the maintenance period, farmers may have to rely partly on tube wells and pump sets to irrigate their fields.
Ganga Canal is the lifeblood of 19 districts of Uttar Pradesh, providing irrigation and drinking water.