HC directs Haryana to ensure water supply in Gurgaon from tomorrow
In a respite especially to the DLF city residents in Gurgaon who have been bearing the brunt of water supply shortage for the last many weeks, the Punjab and Haryana high court has directed the Haryana government to ensure daily water supply to the entire city from May 9 onwards.india Updated: May 08, 2012 19:57 IST
In a respite especially to the DLF city residents in Gurgaon who have been bearing the brunt of water supply shortage for the last many weeks, the Punjab and Haryana high court has directed the Haryana government to ensure daily water supply to the entire city from May 9 onwards.
The division bench comprising acting chief justice MM Kumar and justice Alok Singh directed the authorities concerned “to ensure water supply from May 9 for reasonable period of time for every part of Gurgaon.”
The directions came during the resumed hearing on the petitions filed by Sunil Singh and Qutab Enclave Residents Welfare Association, DLF Phase-I in Gurgaon. The petitioners had approached the high court seeking directions to the concerned agencies to restrain illegal use and exploitation of ground water for construction and other commercial purposes and to initiate strict action against violators.
Arguing for the petitioner, advocate Nivedita Sharma apprised the bench that water supply in DLF city had been disrupted for the last around 30 days. She argued that the whole water supply was being diverted to the multistoried buildings of DLF where even the practice of unauthorised extraction of water from borewells was prevalent, despite directions from the high court, whereas, the residential areas were not even getting a single drop of water.
On high court’s directions, after taking instructions from the state authorities, Haryana’s counsel Gitish Bhardwaj informed the bench that for the last two days there was no water supply in the DLF city and now the problem has been rectified. On this, the court directed the state counsel to file the detailed reply about the issue on the next date of hearing.
Coming down heavily on the state government authorities for failing to check the illegal operation of borewells in cyber city, the bench directed deputy commissioner Gurgaon, Haryana Urban Development Authority and Central Ground Water Authority to apprise the court on the next date of hearing as to how the DLF city was being supplied water 1.8 millon gallaons per day(mgd) when the requirement as per official figures was of 1.2 mgd. The court also ordered the authorities to inform about the requirement of borewell operations beyond their capacity.
The authorities should also explain as to how many borewells could be permitted in any area and the parameters of their operation within a period of two weeks, emphasised the court.