"Why is the Upper Yamuna River Board not doing their job? What are they doing," a bench comprising Justices Madan B Lokur and Deepak Gupta asked, adding, "the board is supposed to do its job. We do not know why they (UYRB) do not want to do their job? Why should we do their job?."
It directed the board to give its suggestions or take a decision in the matter related to water sharing between Haryana and Delhi and posted it for further hearing on May 16.
During the brief hearing, Haryana's counsel told the bench that they were supplying Yamuna water to Delhi and would not alter the status quo.
The lawyer said there was clear-cut allocation of water and Haryana was supplying water, which was more than what was stipulated, to Delhi.
Delhi's counsel said that the issue was about continuation of the stream of drinking water to the national capital.
The bench observed, "We will hear the matter on July 16. In the meantime, the status quo would continue".
On May 1, Haryana government had told the apex court that it was facing a "huge distress" for water as it was receiving only half the supply from Hathni Kund barrage located in the Yamuna Nagar district. Haryana had, however, said that it would continue supplying 150 cusecs of water to Delhi till May 15.
Delhi had earlier said that there was a shortfall of 120 cusecs of water of Yamuna river daily for the national capital.
The court was hearing a plea filed by the Delhi Jal Board (DJB) which has alleged that Haryana had reduced by one-third the supply of Yamuna water to the national capital, leading to a grave water crisis.
The DJB had contended that Haryana was supplying Delhi only 330 cusecs of water daily as against 450 cusecs per day, which was agreed upon between the state and the Union Territory. It had claimed that due to curtailment in water supply to Wazirabad reservoir, the plant was running at reduced capacity leading to a "grave water crisis" in the city.
The DJB had sought directions from the apex court to Haryana to supply the entire 450 cusec of water per day continuously and daily to the Wazirabad reservoir.
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