New Delhi, Apr 6 (ILNS) The Supreme Court today directed the governments of Punjab, Haryana and others to continue with the status quo on supply of Yamuna water to Delhi till April 14 , making it clear that the supply should not be reduced to the national capital, which was already facing a shortage.
A bench comprising Chief Justice SA Bobde, Justice AS Boppana and Justice V Ramasubramanian, while hearing a petition filed by the Delhi Jal Board, inquired as to whether the present matter can become a river water dispute under the Constitution.
Senior Advocate Vikas Singh, representing the DJB, replied that this matter is related to the supply of drinking water and has no concern with the river water dispute under the Constitution.
In the petion, the DJB alleged that Punjab was going to close certain canal gates for repair works, which will cut down water supply to Delhi by at least 25 percent.
CJI SA Bobde had earlier asked both Haryana and Punjab to maintain status quo in supplying drinking water to Delhi.
Senior Advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi submitted that it’s a common practice that repair work is not done during summers months of April, May, June and July, as these are critical months. Delhi is densely crowded, the routine repair work must be done in the winters, he added.
Senior Advocate Shyam Divan, representing the state of Haryana, submitted that Delhi Jal Board is putting false allegation on them, of providing polluted water to Delhi. He further submitted that the Supreme Court should appoint a committee to look into the veracity of the allegation of the Delhi Jal Board.
DJB Counsel Vikas Singh suggested that a retired Commissioner from NEERI or elsewhere needs to be appointed to check the scenario, lest the affidavits are exchanged. All thevparties agreed to the suggestion. ILNS/SNG/CJ/RJ