Delhi Water Crisis

Supreme Court: In a plea filed by Delhi Government seeking release of surplus water by Haryana to aid shortage in national capital, the Division Bench of Prashant Kumar Mishra and KV Viswanathan, JJ. has directed Himachal Pradesh Govt. to release 137 cusecs of water to Delhi.

The Court noted that Haryana Government stated that it is also facing heatwave, but the Board was not given data on any resultant water shortage there; while Delhi has asked for 150 cusecs of water to meet drinking water demands to meet out heatwave conditions.

Noting that Himachal Pradesh has no objection, the Court directed Himachal Pradesh to transfer 137 cusecs from upstream, so water reaches Hathnikund barrage and reaches Delhi through Wazirabad.

The Court said that as and when the surplus water is released by Himachal Pradesh with prior intimation, Haryana was directed to facilitate the flow of water from Hathnikund to Wazirabad, so it reaches Delhi without obstruction, and the residents get drinking water.

The Court said that due to the acute water shortage, there should be no wastage of water by the Delhi Government for which it should adopt the measures suggested by the Board.

Considering the urgency, the Court directed Himachal Pradesh to release the water on 07-06-2024 with prior intimation to Haryana. Further, Upper Yamuna River Board (‘UYRB’) was directed to measure the water for onward supply.

The Court directed the Status report be submitted on 10-06-2024.

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Source: Press

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