SC disposes of city govt plea, won't intervene on water

SC disposes of city govt plea, won't intervene on water

The Supreme Court on Thursday disposed of a PIL by Delhi government for intervention into destruction of Munak canal, affecting water supply to the national capital as Haryana submitted that the repair works were on and normal supply would be restored within 15 days.

A bench of Chief Justice T S Thakur and Justice U U Lalit refused to pass any order on plea by Delhi’s counsel senior advocate S Guru Krishna Kumar for making some “permanent” solution to the problem, arisen out of damage caused to the canal by the agitating Jat community members.

“It is not possible for the court,” the bench said, which had on last date favoured for working out solution between the two governments.

“We hope and trust that the governments of Haryana and NCT of Delhi co-operate with each other and make a joint effort to ensure supply of water to Delhi at the earliest to avoid any inconvenience to the people living in Delhi. We are indeed happy to note that there is no adversarial element in this litigation as both the governments appear to be willing to cooperate with each other in every respect,” the bench said.

During the hearing, the court wondered if Delhi was paying for the cost incurred due to damages caused to the canal.

Delhi’s counsel submitted its engineers and machinery were already deployed over there, along with Army personnel and Haryana officers. Haryana’s advocate, however, said at the moment nobody was thinking over this issue.

The counsel for Haryana also said about 1,200 cusec water was being discharged daily for Delhi from the canal. He said it will take 15 days to repair the damage and restore the normal supply.

The counsel for Delhi, however, pleaded to keep the PIL by the Delhi Jal Board pending saying the pressure was built following the court’s intervention. The court, however, said the government can approach it in future.