The Uttarakhand forest fires, one of the worst in years, might have created havoc in the state. But according to the Delhi Jal Board, the 'disaster' may work in favour of Delhi. According to news reports, the National Capital is set to face a severe water crisis in June.
The unprecedented blaze in the hills is expected to speed up the melting of glaciers which will in turn fill up the dams where water levels had dipped considerably.
A senior official from Tehri Dam told the Times of India that the receding water levels in the Tehri Dam and the Hathnikund Dam have become a major cause of concern.
"While it would not impact Delhi in May, we were expecting issues to crop up in June. Now we can look at a temporary respite when levels in the dams will rise," the official told the daily.
The issue is expected to worsen if there is a delay in monsoon. If it rains by the end of June - the normal date for the arrival of monsoon in Delhi - the city will be able to safely tide over the critical summer period, the official added.
According to an estimate of its total production of 900 million gallons per day (MGD), Delhi gets 780MGD from Haryana and Uttar Pradesh.
Of this, about 240-245MGD is treated at the Ganga water-dependent Sonia Vihar and Bhagirathi treatment plants. The remaining water is supplied through Haryana for seven water treatment plants.
But according to the news reports, the supply to Delhi has not been affected so far.
However, Delhi will reportedly face a major problem if there is shortage of water from either UP or Haryana, DJB has taken some measures to increase supply this summer.