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Take immediate steps to repair sub branch canal: HC to Delhi, Haryana

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Taking note of wastage of water supplied by to through a sub-branch canal as it needs repairs, the high court has directed both the states to take steps to carry out repair work immediately.

A bench of Acting and Justice C directed the government to release forthwith the amount sanctioned for the repairs after said the entire process of awarding tender for the work will be completed in a month after getting the money.

The order came after the court was told that under the Memorandum of Undertaking (MoU) between the two governments, repairs to the canal will be undertaken by and the cost will be borne by the government.

The court asked amicus curiae and senior to inspect the canal and submit his report before the next date of hearing on May 2.

While passing the directions, the bench asked the to ensure it is releasing the entire quantity of water that it is required to do according to the MoU and earlier court orders.

During the hearing, Haryana claimed that the owed it over Rs 280 crore in arrears and it cannot carry out repairs till payment for it is received.

Senior Dayan Krishnan, appearing for the (DJB), opposed Haryana's contention on arrears and said that funds for repair work of Delhi sub branch canal has been sanctioned.

The amicus told the bench that the entire quantity of water, according to MoU and court orders, was not being released by Haryana.

According to the MoU and earlier court orders, Haryana has to release 719 cusecs of water per day in the and 330 cusecs per day in the Delhi sub branch canal, the court was told.

The 102-km long was constructed by Haryana with financial assistance of around Rs 400 crore from the on the condition that the national capital will be supplied water from it.

Assuring Haryana, that it will get the arrears owed to it, the bench asked it to ensure compliance with the MoU and earlier court orders.

It also sought the response of on Haryana's plea that the high court here does not have jurisdiction to deal with this matter.

The court was hearing a plea filed by S B Tripathi, who has said the population in Delhi was increasing each day, but the raw water available to the city was the same or decreasing.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Tue, March 13 2018. 18:40 IST