Weeks after the Delhi High Court appointed an amicus curiae to install water flow meters and monitor the amount of water being released into the Munak canal, the Delhi and Haryana governments have once again filed applications accusing each other of trying to “mislead” the court.
The water-sharing dispute between the two states was taken up by the Delhi High Court in 2013 after a PIL was filed alleging that the newly constructed Munak Carrier Lined Channel (CLC) — a part of the Munak canal — was not being used.
The Munak canal splits into two at the entry point into Delhi and the Munak CLC takes water to the Haidarpur water treatment plant, while the Delhi sub-branch takes water to the Wazirabad pond.
The twin pipeline, meant to be a supplementary connecting channel for the Wazirabad pond, is presently the bone of contention. Under the terms of Supreme Court directions issued in 2010, Haryana is supposed to supply 719 cusecs of water to the Munak CLC, which is being monitored by the amicus curiae on the court’s orders. The Delhi Jal Board in its application has said the “proper accounting of water” will not be possible as Haryana was trying to connect the Munak CLC with the Delhi sub-branch, which supplies water to different destinations.
The DJB claimed that the twin pipelines are meant to divert water from the Delhi sub-branch and remain independent of the CLC. The application has sought orders to stop Haryana from trying to link the CLC and Delhi sub-branch pipes. Delhi has claimed that the Delhi sub-branch gets extra water through Najafgarh drain, which is then carried to Haryana.
The Haryana government, on the other hand, has claimed that a huge amount of water was being “wasted” since the Haidarpur plant did not have the capacity to hold the large amount of raw water coming through the CLC. The state has accused Delhi of wasting “more than 175 cusecs” of water every day and said this could have been used to “meet the requirements of more than 40 lakh people.” The two applications were scheduled to come up for hearing on Friday, but have been adjourned to May.