SC seeks report on water supply to Delhi

SansadTV Bureau
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The Supreme Court of India has asked the government of Haryana to submit status report on water supply to national capital in two days.

Supreme court heard the petition moved by Delhi government seeking Centre’s intervention for the uninterrupted supply of water from Munak Canal in Haryana.

Court has also asked the union government and government of Uttar Pradesh to submit a status report on water supply to Delhi in the wake of Jat agitation.

Next hearing on water supply issue will be held on 25th of February.

Meanwhile, security forces have taken control of the Munak Canal after evicting Jat protesters on Monday morning.

“Two columns of the Army, CRPF and Haryana Police personnel took over control of the canal at around 4 AM,” official sources said.

Haryana’s Irrigation Department officials have arrived at the spot and are carrying repairs restore water supply.

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.

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.

the apex court on February 20th and pleaded to direct Centre to ensure water supply from Munak Canal which is seiged by Jat protesters.