New Delhi: Expressing concern over inadequate
supply of water in various places of the city, the Delhi High
Court today directed the Chief Secretary to convene a meeting
with departments concerned to sort out the problems.
A Division Bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justice
Manmohan directed Chief Secretary of Delhi to convene the
meeting with Delhi Jal Board, NDMC, MCD, DDA and Delhi
Cantonment within 15 days to make out a complete plan to
ensure adequate supply of water in all the areas in the city.
"A man can live without food for a week but it is
difficult to sustain without water for three days. In a
welfare state an endeavour has to be made to provide water so
that the complaints of this nature would not come to the
court....," the Bench said.
Pulling up the DJB for not having co-ordination with MCD,
the court directed the Chief Secretary to invite Additional
Solicitor General (ASG) A S Chandhioke to take possible
assistance from the Centre.
In addition, the Bench further directed the Delhi Jal
board and MCD officials to visit the Mahalla Ganga Ram area of
Shahadara in East Delhi to explore the possibility if an
underground reservoir can be made for sufficient supply of
water for the people.
The court`s direction came after the counsel for DJB
submitted that there was shortage of water supply in various
areas including Dwarka.
The lawyer was arguing on a petition filed by
advocate Surender Sharma alleging that in Shahadara, the DJB
has failed to provide adequate water supply for the general