New Delhi, Jul 13 (ILNS)The Delhi High Court today asked the Delhi Government to treat the plea filed by Ajay Gautam as a representation which sought fresh and clean drinking water for citizens in sufficient quantity.
The plea filed by petitioner-in-person Ajay Gautam said, “It is the Constitutional duty of every State Government to provide fresh and clean drinking water to its citizens in sufficient quantity. No one in Delhi would like to get 20,000 litres of water free of cost, especially when the water being supplied to him is muddy or mixed with sewer, contaminated and not safe for drinking,” averred the plea.
The petition sought a fresh assessment of water supply stations/ Booster pumps/ U.G.R. in the Territory of Govt of Delhi keeping in mind the present population as well as increasing population with the increasing demand of drinking water in City.
The plea further sought directions to constitute a committee of experts to search/suggest to develop technique and technology to stop contamination and mixing of sewage water in drinking water, within a time bound period.
A bench led by the Chief Justice DN Patel and Justice Jyoti Singh asked the Delhi Government and Delhi Jal Board to treat the plea as a representation.
The petition also sought directions for submitting the status report with regard to the supply and contamination of water in every three months and water sampling for tracing out presence of SARS-CoV-2 in City water on Daily basis.
The plea stated, “that as per the Revenue Management System of Government of Delhi, the total number of active water connections in Delhi as on January 31, 2018 are 22,31,648. The the problems of short supply of drinking water and contamination in drinking water is a common problem in Delhi City.”
Furthermore, it stated, “A government cannot be allowed to play with the health and lives of the innocent people for their political gains. It also cannot adopt any such policy which is harmful for the people. Government can charge for drinking water from the people, but they cannot force them to drink contaminated water.”/ILNS/KR/SNG