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Will maintain status quo on Yamuna supply till May 21: Haryana to SC

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The government today told the that it would maintain status quo on supply of river water to till May 21.

The apex court also asked the government and the Jal Board (DJB) to request for the maintenance of status quo on water supply and directed to take an independent decision on the matter.

A bench comprising Justices and said the Upper River Board (UYRB) should deal with the issue and it would be appropriate if the approaches the Board.

The withdrew the plea filed by the DJB in the apex court and said it would approach the Board immediately for release and continuation of drinking water supply from Haryana.

The bench observed, "We expect the Board to meet and sort out the matter amicably between Delhi and Haryana."

UYRB was set up by the Centre in 1995. One of its main functions was to regulate and supply water from all storage sites and barrages till the Okhla barrage in Delhi, in accordance with the agreements between the governments of the six basin states of Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Haryana, and Delhi.

The court was hearing a plea filed by the DJB, which has alleged that Haryana had reduced by one-third the supply of water to the national capital, leading to a grave water crisis.

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First Published: Wed, May 16 2018. 13:30 IST