The Delhi Government today moved the Supreme Court alleging that non-supply of adequate water by Haryana has forced it to curtail water supply to several areas in the NCT of Delhi, including the President’s Estate, Parliament House and other institutional and diplomatic buildings, as well as many residential areas.
Petitioner Advocate Shadan Farasat, in an urgent mentioning, asked Chief Justice N.V. Ramana to list the matter for hearing today itself. The present application has been filed in Contempt Petition (Civil), titled Delhi Jal Board vs Vijai Vardhan & Anr.
According to the Advocate for Delhi Jal Board, the Supreme Court had directed previously that the water level at Wazirabad reservoir was to be kept full to its capacity by the state of Haryana, in order to meet the drinking water needs of the NCT of Delhi.
“Due to non-supply of adequate water by the State of Haryana, the water level in Wazirabad reservoir stands at only 667.60 feet, as against the mandated level of 674.50 feet, as on July 10, 2021. This means that Wazirabad reservoir is only 31 percent full. This has the possibility of triggering a severe water crisis in the NCT of Delhi. The petitioner has already had to curtail water for several areas in the NCT of Delhi, including the President’s Estate, Parliament House and other institutional and diplomatic buildings, as well as many residential areas,” he said.
He further said that the NCT of Delhi was staring at an extremely grave and precipitate water crisis.
Therefore, the matter should be processed for urgent mentioning through video-conferencing (VC) before the Court of Chief Justice of India on July 12 itself, on most urgent basis.