Supreme Court Directs Delhi to Approach UYRB Amid Water Crisis

The Supreme Court has directed the Delhi government to seek additional water supply from the Upper Yamuna River Board after Himachal Pradesh withdrew its offer of surplus water. The decision follows severe water shortages in Delhi, affecting residents and leading to long queues for water.

PTI | New Delhi | Updated: 13-06-2024 16:34 IST | Created: 13-06-2024 16:34 IST
Supreme Court Directs Delhi to Approach UYRB Amid Water Crisis
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In an urgent response to acute water shortages, the Supreme Court has instructed the Delhi government to petition the Upper Yamuna River Board (UYRB) for additional water supply. This directive comes in the wake of Himachal Pradesh's unexpected retraction of its previous commitment to provide surplus water to Delhi.

A vacation bench comprising Justices Prashant Kumar Mishra and Prasanna B Varale mandated that the city government file an application to the UYRB by 5 p.m. on humanitarian grounds. Exhausted residents, especially women and children, have been enduring long queues for water, with many returning home without enough water to meet basic needs.

The court emphasized the complexity and sensitivity surrounding Yamuna water sharing between states, noting its lack of technical expertise to intervene. The decision has intensified the focus on the UYRB to swiftly address Delhi's dire water situation amidst the ongoing crisis.

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