The Supreme Court has in its order come down hard on the AAP government in Delhi on the way they are handling the severe water shortage in the capital due to the Jat agitation in Haryana. IN a scathing remark it stated : “You people instead of solving the problem at government-to-government level are moving to Supreme Court. You want order from the Supreme Court. You want everything on the platter.
“You ministers are sitting in the court instead of going to the field. You rest in AC chambers and you want order from the court,” the Bench said while referring to the presence of Delhi Water Minister Kapil Mishra inside the court.
However, after repeated persistence from senior advocate Rajeev Dhavan , appearing for Delhi government, the Bench asked the Haryana government to make the necessary arrangement for resumption of water supply in the capital.
The court has sought a status report from Haryana government on the plea of Delhi government. The court has issued notice to the Centre and Uttar Pradesh government on the plea of Delhi government which has also sought a direction for ensuring security on the barrages on Munak Canal in Haryana.
The AAP government had moved the apex court for urgent hearing on its plea seeking Centre’s intervention for uninterrupted supply of water from Munak Canal in Haryana.The petition also sought that the Centre deployed the Army to ensure supply of water from Munak Canal.
“Water should be supplied immediately to Delhi as it is the lifeline of the people,” Delhi government standing counsel Rahul Mehra had said, adding all water plants in Delhi are shut as the protesters have “taken over” the canal.
Mehra had said the Lutyen’s zone and several other areas are not getting water. “The Army should ensure that Delhi gets water immediately,” he had said.