Haryana Government on Tuesday apologised to the Supreme Court for failing to implement its May 2000 order to release 125 cusec water a day to Nangloi Water Treatment Plant in Delhi.
Following this, a bench headed by Chief Justice of India K.G. Balakrishnan dropped contempt proceedings against two top Haryana government officials after the state government tendered the apology.
Haryana’s counsel told the court that the state had not been able to release water, as it did not have enough water for the use of its residents /farmers.
The counsel said despite that Haryana had been releasing the agreed amount of water to Delhi on regular basis since May 13 this year, when the Supreme Court asked the state to explain its failure to comply with the May 2000 order.
On May 13 the Supreme Court had directed Haryana to immediately release 125-cusec water per day to Delhi’s Nangloi Water Treatment Plant.
The court had said the water released by Punjab from the Bhakra Beas Management Board had to reach the national capital through Haryana and it cannot be stopped.
The order had come on a petition filed by the Delhi Jal Board seeking initiation of contempt proceedings against the two officials for ignoring the court’s order.
The May 2000 order had come on a public interest petition filed in 1992 by Delhi resident Sureshwar D. Sinha seeking a direction to the Centre and Haryana to ensure minimum flow of water in the Yamuna to meet Delhi's drinking water needs.