Delhi Water Crisis: Delhi government reaches Supreme Court over water crisis, demands to increase supply from Haryana and UP

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Stressing collective responsibility to meet Delhi’s water needs, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal called upon the BJP to intervene with his governments in Haryana and Uttar Pradesh for water provision.

The Delhi government has approached the Supreme Court over the water crisis in the national capital. The petition seeks to provide additional water to Delhi from Haryana, UP and Himachal Pradesh for at least one month. In its petition, the Delhi government has informed the Supreme Court that the city’s water demand has increased due to the ongoing heat conditions and they are urging the neighbouring state Haryana to release additional water for a month to deal with the crisis.

Asserting collective responsibility to meet Delhi’s water needs, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal called upon the BJP to intervene with his governments in Haryana and Uttar Pradesh for water provision. Amid acute water shortage, Delhi’s Jal Minister Atishi has accused Haryana of withholding Delhi’s rightful share of water. Earlier, addressing a press conference, AAP minister Atishi said Delhi was facing an “emergency situation” and announced a slew of emergency measures to deal with the crisis. She said the Delhi government will approach the apex court over the issue.

The minister said a central water tanker control room is being set up in the Delhi Jal Board (DJB) and it will be monitored by an Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer. He said there will be a central command and control room and people will have to call 1916 if they need a water tanker. This central command and control room will inform the water tanker control room about the call. ADM and SDM level officers will be deployed at 11 water areas of Delhi from June 5. They will assess the situation of hotspots facing water shortage and deploy water tankers at those places.

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