New Delhi: The Haryana government told the Supreme Court that it will not disrupt or stop the supply of Yamuna water to Delhi till the court decides the case in connection with the water sharing dispute between Delhi and Haryana. A two-judge bench, headed by Justice Madan Bhimrao Lokur and also comprising Justice Deepak Gupta, fixed the next date of hearing as May 16.
Delhi government had approached the Top Court seeking a direction from it for more water from Haryana as the National Capital is facing water shortage due to the onslaught of the summer season. The water supply in Yamuna river is about 3/4th of last year’s, and water levels are low, the Haryana government had told the Supreme Court in connection with the issue of providing water by Haryana to Delhi, which is facing water woes due to the onslaught of the summer season.
The bench was hearing the submissions from Haryana government in connection with water issues involving Haryana and Delhi. The water supply in Haryana, Delhi and Uttar Pradesh may be affected this year due to the lower water level in the Yamuna, Haryana government had submitted to the Apex Court. Haryana had agreed to release the required 150 cusecs of water to Delhi till May 15 but it informed the Apex Court that water supply is lower than last year.
The Supreme Court had on April 23 directed the Chief Secretaries of two states — Delhi and Haryana — to convene a meeting with the Secretary of Water Resources Ministry of Centre in order to sort out the rising dispute of sharing Yamuna’s water to the National Capital due to the onslaught of the summer season. The top court was hearing a plea filed by the Delhi Jal Board (DJB) alleging that Haryana had reduced by one-third the supply of Yamuna water, leading to a grave water crisis in the national capital.