Supreme court of India has agreed to give urgent hearing on February 22 to the petition moved by Delhi government seeking Centre’s intervention for the uninterrupted supply of water from Munak Canal in Haryana.
AAP government moved the apex court on February 20th and pleaded to direct Centre to ensure water supply from Munak Canal which is seiged by Jat protesters.
“Water plants in Delhi are shut as the protesters have taken over the canal. Water should be supplied immediately to Delhi as it is lifeline of people, ” said Advocate Rahul Mehra.
Anticipating sever water shortage in the capital, Delhi government has ordered all schools shut on Monday. Kejriwal government has also started rationing water supplies to avoid the shortage.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal urged citizens in the capital to save water.
“Barring President House, Prime Minister, Chief Justice of India, defence installations, hospitals, water will be equally rationed amongst all,” said Kejriwal on twitter.
Delhi government has also asked traffic police to provide free access to water tankers and treat water supply as emergency service.
Chief Minister Kejriwal met Sisodia, water minister Kapil Mishra, Delhi Jal Board chief and the secretary of the New Delhi Municipal Corporation at an emergency meeting on Sunday morning.
Senior ministers in Aam Aadmi party government said seven water treatment plants were forced shut after mobs broke the control machinery of the Munak canal in Haryana.
“We are left with no water now, this morning’s supply was the last one,” said Delhi water minister Kapil Sharma.
National Crisis Management Committee, headed by Cabinet Secretary PK Sinha spoke to Haryana government officials and said that water supply to Delhi should be the top priority.
Director General of Police of Haryana, YP Singhal assured the AAP government that they will streamline water supply to national capital.
“Our top priority today is to open water supply to Delhi” YP Singhal, Haryana DGP
Against the total production of 820 million gallons per day (MGD) of potable water, only 240 MGD was being produced because of the disruption of supply from Haryana, Delhi Jal Board officials said.
Delhi is staring at a huge water shortage in next one or two days with 60 per cent of water supply affected due to the Jat stir.
Dwarka, Janakpuri, Munirka, Palam, Rajouri Garden, Punjabi Bagh, Vasant Kunj, Saket, Green Park and Lodhi Colony are already affected by no or less water.