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Delhi HC asks Haryana to abide by 2014 water agreement

Team SoOLEGAL 14 Mar 2018 6:14pm

Delhi HC asks Haryana to abide by 2014 water agreement

New Delhi: A Delhi high court bench comprising of acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar asked the Haryana government to follow its 2014 order specifying the total quantity of water to be released to Delhi every day. The order came during hearing on an application filed by the Delhi Jal Board (DJB) seeking directions to Haryana government to maintain water supply levels fixed by the court earlier as 719 cusecs per day in the Munak canal and 330 cusecs per day in the Delhi sub branch canal.

The bench said if Haryana did not follow the direction, it will be viewed as contempt of court. Senior advocate Rakesh Khanna, who is the court-appointed amicus curiae, told HC that the entire quantity of water, according to MoU and court orders, is not being released by Haryana.

At the same time, the Haryana government informed the court that the entire process of granting tender for the repair work in the canal will be finished in a month, once the money is received from the Delhi Government. As per the current memorandum of undertaking (MoU) between the two government bodies, repairs to the canal even if the breach is inside Delhi boundary, will be undertaken by Haryana and the cost will be borne by the Delhi government.

During the hearing, Haryana also mentioned that the Delhi government owed it over Rs 280 crore in arrears and it cannot carry out repairs till amount is received. But senior advocate Dayan Krishnan, appearing for DJB, opposed Haryana’s contention on arrears and said that money for repair work of Delhi sub branch canal has been sanctioned. The court was hearing a plea filed by advocate S B Tripathi, who has said the population in Delhi was increasing day by day, but the raw water available to the city was the same or decreasing. The bench also ordered the Delhi government to immediately issue money, so repairs could be carried out in a sub branch canal that has experienced a breach.

Tagged: Delhi HC   Munak Canal   Haryana Government  
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