New Delhi, May 7 (ILNS) The Supreme Court today directed the Delhi Jal Board to approach the Yamuna River Board for shortage of water in the national capital.
A three-Judge Bench of the apex court, comprising Justice Nageshwara Rao, Justice AS Bopanna and Justice V Ramasubramanian was hearing the DJB’s plea regarding the shortage of water, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Bench directed to make a representation relating to amount of water, which is not sufficient to Delhi.
It also ordered that the Upper Yamuna River Board should hear the matter expeditiously. The Bench further also mentioned in its order that they haven’t expressed any opinion on merits of matter.
Thereafter, Senior Advocate Vikas Singh, who was not able to connect to the VC, Interjected and submitted that Delhi requires 1100 cusecs of water for its two crore population and the Capital is also hit hard by Novel Coronavirus pandemic. Therefore, they require more water in hospitals.
The Bench told Mr Singh, the Counsel of DJB, to approach and make representation to the Uppar Yamuna River Board.
To which Mr Singh submitted that the board is toothless and they will not be able to decide the matter in time.
The three judge bench were not inclined to change their order and directed that Delhi Jal Board should make representation before the Uppar Yamuna River Board and thereafter, closed the all the IAs and Writ petition related to this matter.
The application for requirement of more water was filed by Delhi Jal Board, stating, “If the water supply situation does not improve, it may have to restrict the supply of water to hospitals in Delhi, which are at present overwhelmed by the massive number of COVID-19 cases.”
The application was filed in the writ petition, whereby the Delhi Jal Board (DJB) has stated that it is facing a critical shortage of water supply from Haryana and Punjab. ILNS/ABV/RJ