The Supreme Court on Friday directed the governments of Punjab, Haryana and others to maintain the status quo on the supply of Yamuna river water to Delhi till 6 April. Along with this, the Supreme Court also made it clear that the water supply of Delhi, which is facing water crisis, should not be reduced.
Supreme Court order to maintain status quo on Yamuna
Chief Justice Judge S.A. Bobde, Justice A.S. The Bench of Bopanna and V. Ramasubramaniam said that it would hear the case on 6 April after the holiday of Holi. The bench said that we had on Thursday ordered the status quo to be maintained. We would like to continue this. We will see this matter on Tuesday 6 April after the Holi holidays till then the supply of water to Delhi should not be cut.
Senior advocate Shyam Dewan appearing for Haryana said that he has not cut any water supply. Senior advocate Vikas Singh, representing one of the parties in the case, claimed during the hearing that the water level had gone down by six feet.
In a petition filed by the Delhi Jal Board (DJB), the Supreme Court was requested to direct the Haryana government to stop pouring untreated pollutants into the Yamuna and release enough water for Delhi. On this, the Supreme Court on Thursday ordered to maintain the status quo until 26 March.
The court issued notices to Haryana, Punjab and Bhakra Beas Management Board (BBMB) on this and asked them to file a reply to the petition. The Delhi Jal Board counsel said that the water level in the national capital has come down. During this time, the counsel for Haryana said that the entire water supply has been done.
The Delhi Jal Board counsel argued that according to Haryana some repair work is going on and the canal repair should not be done in March and April when the demand for water is at its peak.