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Delhi Water Crisis – Supreme Court Rebukes AAP: Threatens Action Against Tanker Mafia

The Supreme Court of India has issued scathing remarks directed at the Delhi government (AAP) regarding the ongoing Delhi water crisis in the city.

Justices Prashant Kumar Mishra and Prasanna B Varale questioned the government’s efforts in addressing the situation, particularly concerning the notorious “tanker mafia” and water wastage.

Court Threatens Action Against Tanker Mafia

Expressing deep concern over the prevalence of the tanker mafia and rampant water wastage in Delhi leading to Delhi water crisis, the bench admonished the AAP government for its apparent inaction. The justices warned that if the government fails to tackle the issue effectively, the court would not hesitate to involve the Delhi Police in addressing the matter.

Inquiring about the utilization of water resources, the court demanded to know why false statements were made before it regarding the distribution and management of water. It highlighted the visible impact of water scarcity on the populace and questioned the measures implemented to control wastage, especially during recurring summer shortages.

Calls for Accountability and Action

Expressing frustration over the apparent mismanagement of water resources, the court demanded answers from the Delhi government regarding the destination of water sourced from Himachal Pradesh. It pointed out the alarming levels of water wastage and questioned the measures implemented to control it, especially considering the recurring problem of water scarcity during summers.

Advocate Shadan Farsat, representing the Delhi government, assured the court that steps were being taken to curb excessive water wastage, including stringent actions such as mass disconnection of water supplies. However, the court demanded a detailed report outlining the actions taken to address the loss of water, setting a deadline for submission.

Government’s Response and Court’s Directive

Advocate Shadan Farsat, representing the Delhi government, assured the court that measures were being taken to curb excessive water wastage, including the significant disconnection of water supplies. In response, the court directed the government to submit a detailed report outlining the actions taken to mitigate water loss, with the matter scheduled for further discussion on Thursday.

The Supreme Court is currently reviewing a plea filed by the Delhi government, urging Haryana to release surplus water provided by Himachal Pradesh to alleviate the water crisis in the national capital. Delhi residents have been grappling with severe water shortages amid a relentless heatwave in recent days.

Legal Proceedings and Pleas for Relief

The ongoing legal battle stems from a plea filed by the Delhi government, urging Haryana to release surplus water provided by Himachal Pradesh to alleviate the Delhi water crisis. The court had previously ordered the release of 137 cusecs of surplus water by Himachal Pradesh, with prior intimation to Haryana, and mandated the Upper Yamuna River Board (UYRB) to monitor the water release at Hathnikund in Haryana.

Continued Struggle Amid Harsh Conditions

As the legal proceedings unfold, residents of Delhi continue to endure severe water shortages exacerbated by a relentless heatwave. The court’s stern directives underscore the urgency of addressing the water crisis and holding authorities accountable for effective management of water resources to ensure the welfare of Delhiites.

(With inputs from PTI)

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