SC seeks status report of water supply to Delhi disrupted due to Jat quota agitation

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday sought a status report from Haryana government on the plea of Delhi government seeking resumption of water supply to the national capital, disrupted due to the ongoing Jat quota stir. A bench headed by Chief Justice TS Thakur, which sought the status report in two days, issued notice to the Centre and Uttar Pradesh government on the plea of AAP government who had sought direction for ensuring security on the barrages on Munak Canal in Haryana.

SC seeks status report of water supply to Delhi disrupted due to Jat quota agitation

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The bench also comprising Justice UU Lalit was initially reluctant to take up the plea of Delhi government and rapped it for approaching the apex court instead of resolving the issue at government-to-government level. "You people instead of solving the problem at government-to-government level are moving to Supreme Court. You want order from the Supreme Court. You want everything on the platter.

"You ministers are sitting in the court instead of going to the field. You rest in AC chambers and you want order from the court," the bench added, referring to the presence of Delhi Water Minister Kapil Mishra inside the court. However, after repeated persistence from senior advocate Rajeev Dhawan, appearing on behalf of Delhi government, the bench asked the Haryana government to make the necessary arrangement for resumption of water supply in the capital.

The counsel appearing for Haryana submitted that things are in control and they were trying to ensure that water supply resumes by today itself. The AAP government had yesterday moved the apex court for urgent hearing on its plea seeking Centre's intervention for uninterrupted supply of water from Munak Canal in Haryana, which was allegedly under siege by the Jat agitators demanding reservation.

The petition also sought that the Centre deploy the army to ensure supply of water from Munak Canal. "Water should be supplied immediately to Delhi as it is the lifeline of the people," said Delhi government standing counsel  Rahul Mehra yesterday, adding all water plants in Delhi are shut as the protesters have "taken over" the canal. Mehra had said the Lutyen's zone and several other areas are not getting water, adding, "The army should ensure that Delhi gets water immediately."

Delhi has been facing water crisis following cut in its supply from Haryana due to the Jat stir.


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Updated Date: Feb 22, 2016 17:36:09 IST

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