Delhi’s Water Dispute

Delhi’s Water Dispute

Context: The Delhi government urgently approached the Supreme Court, seeking directions for Haryana and Himachal Pradesh to release additional water to the National Capital Territory. The Delhi government mentioned that the plea is not about resolving inter-state water disputes but seeks temporary relief until the monsoon arrives.

Why did Delhi move to SC?

o Himachal Pradesh has agreed to share surplus water with Delhi, but it must be transported through the Wazirabad barrage, requiring
Haryana’s cooperation, which has not yet been provided.
o With the Sonia Vihar and Bhagirathi barrages at optimum levels, the Delhi government is urging Haryana to release the surplus water to meet the needs of residents, the workforce, and migrants.
o Access to water is a basic human right as guaranteed under Article 21 of the Constitution.

Factors Contributed to the Water Shortage in Delhi

o Heatwaves have significantly increased water demand along with the growing population.
o The city relies on a few primary sources, such as the Yamuna River and the Sonia Vihar and Bhagirathi barrages, which are already operating at optimum levels, leading to frequent supply cuts.
o The lack of cooperation from Haryana has exacerbated the water crisis.

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