The Supreme Court on Monday sought status report from Haryana government on the plea of Delhi’s AAP government seeking resumption of water supply from Munak canal to the national capital.
The supply has been severely disrupted due to escalating stir by Jats over reservation.
AN SC Bench headed by Chief Justice T S Thakur sought the status report in two days before issuing notice to the Centre and Uttar Pradesh government on the plea of AAP government which has also sought a direction for ensuring security on the barrages on Munak Canal in Haryana.
According to a PTI report, the bench also comprising Justice U U Lalit was originally reluctant to admit the plea of Delhi government and chided it for approaching the apex court instead of resolving the issue at government-to-government level.
“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 Dhawan, appearing for Delhi government, the bench asked the Haryana government to make the necessary arrangement for resumption of water supply in the capital.
The counsel appearing for Haryana submitted that things were being taken into control and they were trying to ensure that water supply is resumed by today itself.
The AAP government had yesterday moved the apex court for urgent hearing on its plea seeking Centre’s intervention for uninterrupted supply of water from Munak Canal in Haryana.
However, on Monday, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal thanked the Centre and Army for taking control of Munak canal, which may resume water supply from Tuesday.
Delhi government’s standing counsel Rahul Mehra said, “Water should be supplied immediately to Delhi as it is the lifeline of the people.”