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Government of India
Ministry of Urban Development
31-July-2014 12:48 IST
Monkey and dog menace at Parliament House being tackled
Commissioning of Munak Canal to make available additional 95 million gallons of water to Delhi
Lined Munak Canal to benefit 35 lakh people in water scarce areas including Dwarka

Various efforts are being made to tackle monkey and dog menace inside and around Parliament House. This was informed by the Minister of Urban Development Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu in a written reply to Rajya Sabha today. Replying to Shri Ambeth Rajan on the issue, Shri Naidu said the measures being taken include: scaring the monkeys away by trained persons who disguise themselves as langurs. New Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) has hired forty young persons for this purpose. NDMC also acquired Sure Shot Rubber Bullet Guns for scaring away the monkeys. A team of dog catchers visits the Parliament House and surrounding areas twice a week for catching unimmunized and unsterilized stray dogs.

Shri Venkaiah Naidu in a written reply to Shri T.Subbarami Reddy said that commissioning of Munak Canal will enable additional water availability of 95 million gallons of raw water per day to Delhi on account of savings in seepage losses in the existing unlined canal. He said this will benefit about 35 lakh people in water scarce areas of Delhi including Dwaraka area. Haryana government has completed construction of its part of 102 km long Career Lined Canal (CLC) called Munak Canal at a cost of Rs.520 cr provided by Delhi Jal Board. This canal will be commissioned after completion of Delhi portion.

Responding to the issue of water scarcity in Dwarka area, Shri Naidu said Water Treatment Plant at Dwarka will be commissioned after completion of construction of the 22 km. long twin 1500mm diameter water transmission line between Irradat Nagar and Dwarka. Only 600 metre portion of this line is still to be completed for which DDA has to remove encroachments at Bhagya Nagar, Massodabad and Dahiya Farm.

Shri Naidu informed that at present Delhi Jal Board is supplying 5.5 million litres of water daily to Dwarka area and additional supplies would be available after commissioning of Water Treatment Plant at Dwarka and Munak Canal. Demand-supply gap is being met through water tank services provided by DDA in Dwarka sub-city.

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