The Supreme Court on Thursday directed the Punjab and Haryana governments and others to maintain the status quo on the Yamuna water supply in Delhi till Friday. The Supreme Court was hearing an application filed by the Delhi Jal Board (DJB) requesting that the Haryana government be directed to stop the release of pollutants in the Yamuna and provide sufficient water to the national capital.
Chief Justice S.A. Bobde, Justice A.S. A three-member bench of Bopanna and Justice V. Ramasubrahmanyam issued notices to Haryana, Punjab and Bhakra Beas Management Board (BBMB) and directed them to file their replies on the application by Friday.
Senior advocate AM, appearing on behalf of Jal Board Singhvi said that the water level in the capital Delhi has fallen. Senior advocate Shyam Dewan, appearing for Haryana, said that adequate water supply has been made. Senior advocate Vikas Singh, appearing in the case, said that a court commissioner should be appointed to confirm the water level.
Diwan said that no application for the appointment of a court commissioner was filed in the case. The bench said that it is a matter related to the fundamental right to water. We will not go over the technical issue whether a court commissioner can be appointed only after the application. If needed we can appoint.
Advocate Gautam Narayan argued on behalf of Jal Board that Haryana says that they are doing some repair work. Singhvi said that the repair work in the canal should not take place in March and April when the demand for water is highest. He said that the Jal Board wrote several letters to Haryana on this issue last month, but no one got a reply.
He said that we have an urban population of two crore. We have Lutyens Delhi, we have common people. This will cut water supply by 25 percent. While issuing notice on the application, the bench said that it would hear the matter on Friday.
In the new petition filed in the Supreme Court, the Water Board has said that the Haryana government should be directed to release water so that the possibility of severe water scarcity in the capital can be avoided. He claimed that the Haryana government had cut off the water supply in Delhi, reducing the water supply in the capital.