The Delhi High Court has directed the Ministry of Water Resources to convene a meeting of a Group of Ministers (GoM) to settle the dispute between Delhi and Haryana over the quantum of water to be released to Delhi through the Munak Canal.
Water from the Munak canal is expected to be supplied to the Dwarka, Okhla and Bawana water treatment plants which cater to the residential areas of West and South Delhi.
The court of Justice Hima Kohli asked the Ministry of Water Resources to convene the GoM meeting and to submit a report before the next date of hearing in September. The court also directed that if a report is not filed on the next date, the joint secretary of the ministry concerned will have to give an explanation to the court in person.
The convening of the meeting assumes significance as according to the Delhi Jal Board, around 80 million gallons per day (MGD) of water is to be received through the canal, which could help in commissioning the three water treatment plants set up at a cost of Rs 744 crore.
The court issued its order after the ministry submitted an affidavit in the court that no development took place at the last meeting of the GoM on March 6, as Union Minister Kapil Sibal could not participate due to ill health.
The DJB counsel Sumeet Pushkarna submitted that the process of convening the meeting be expedited so that the Dwarka, Bawana and Okhla commence working at the earliest. The civic body said once the three plants are operational, drinking water can be supplied to Dwarka and other areas in West Delhi, which depend on tankers.