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Delhi govt in SC disputes agreement reached with Haryana on Yamuna water

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The government today disputed in the the correctness of an agreement reached with the government over daily release of water for the national capital.

The said that the minutes of the meeting held on March 28, do no reflect the correct state of affairs.

A bench of justices M B Lokur and asked the of Water Resource, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation to inform the for the Centre about the correct state of affairs of the minutes of the meeting.

appearing for the government said that under the agreement reached, the government had to make a formal request for release of water to the national capital.

appearing for Jal Board said that he has no issue of making a formal request but the water has to be release as the government is unable to meet the demand of drinking water.

He said that the minutes of the meeting submitted by to the court do not reflect the correct position.

The bench then asked Tripathi to specify what is the correct position on the minutes but he said he has no specific instruction on the issue and has to ascertain the factual position.

Divan said that if the formal request is made then it will be considered as soon as it is received but added that it was agreed between the parties that government will withdraw the cases filed at and the High Court.

The bench then posted the matter for further hearing on April 19.

The meeting held on March 28, on the issue of short supply of water to was chaired by of Water U P Singh and was attended by the chief secretaries of and

On April 2, the government had informed the apex court that it was negotiating with for the release of 450 cusecs of water of the river per day for the national capital.

The Jal Board (DJB) had told the court that had released some amount of water and requested that the court might not need to pass any order as both and governments were in negotiation to resolve the crisis.

The apex court was hearing a plea filed by the DJB alleging that had reduced by one-third the supply of water to the national capital, leading to a grave water crisis here.

The DJB contended in its plea that was supplying only 330 cusecs of water per day as against 450 cusecs per day which was agreed upon between the state and the Union Territory.

It has claimed that due to the present curtailment in water supply to the Wazirabad reservoir, the plant is running at reduced capacity leading to "grave water crisis" in the city.

The DJB had said the situation would "escalate" as the temperature rises with the onset of summer and the demand for drinking water shoots up.

It has sought directions from the apex court to the government to supply the full 450 cusec of water per day continuously and daily to the Wazirabad reservoir.

The High Court had also recently told the government that it has to stick to its 2014 direction specifying the amount of water to be released to every day.

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First Published: Mon, April 16 2018. 20:50 IST