Dwarka water crisis: SC directs Haryana to continue supply of water to Delhi
Over 3.5 million Dwarka residents in the capital were in for a relief as the Supreme Court on Wednesday directed the Haryana government to continue supply of 719 cusecs of water to Delhi through the Munak-Haiderpur canal. It would ensure adequate water supply to a defunct treatment plant in the sub-city.delhi Updated: Dec 11, 2014 10:30 IST
Over 3.5 million Dwarka residents in the capital were in for a relief as the Supreme Court on Wednesday directed the Haryana government to continue supply of 719 cusecs of water to Delhi through the Munak-Haiderpur canal. It would ensure adequate water supply to a defunct treatment plant in the sub-city.
“The residents of Dwarka are not getting drinking water. Either they have to migrate to other places or starve to death. The two judges (high court) have done it for a good cause. This water does not belong to you (Haryana).
It flows through your state. You can’t say that because there is no agreement, I will not supply water,” observed a bench headed by Chief Justice HL Dattu when Haryana government counsel said the direction was likely to disrupt water supply to residents of Gurgaon.
The bench did not stay the Delhi high court order and said it was a human problem to be solved through negotiations between Haryana and Delhi governments.
Putting forth its arguments, Haryana government submitted the two HC judges “in their ambition had passed an order, which was beyond the scope of the agreement between the two states”. Senior counsel Altaf Ahmad said the interim order disregarded the agreement and obligations.
The CJI shot back: “Our judges are not ambitious. They have passed an order in their desire to help the water-starved people of Dwarka. Let us support them. They have said so much water was being wasted and the same could be supplied to Dwarka.”
After the order, Haryana will have to supply water to the Munak canal, which feeds Dwarka Raw Water Pump House, lying unused for want of water. On November 27, the HC gave two weeks to the Delhi Jal Board (DJB) to complete the work on connecting the canal to the plant.
Dwarka requires about 17.5 million gallons (MGD) of water (equivalent to about four million buckets) daily. Once operational, the plant will have a capacity of about 40 MGD per day and supply potable water to the suburb that sources 80% of its water needs from private players due to acute shortages.
Until now, Haryana supplied water through an older unlined canal that didn’t serve the Dwarka plant and resulted in 50% wastage, a loss of about 95 MGD (or the volume of 144 Olympics swimming pools) everyday.
The Munak career-lined canal (CLC) has a layer of concrete to stop such wastage. The extra water saved will also benefit other plants based around the Munak CLC, including Bawana, Nangloi, Okhla and Haiderpur.