Water crisis in Delhi: SC requests that the Upper Yamuna River Board have an urgent meeting on June 5

on the purpose of addressing the water issue in the nation’s capital, the Supreme Court on Monday ordered the Upper Yamuna River Board to call an urgent meeting on June 5.

On June 6, a bench led by Justice P.K. Mishra ordered the listing of a suit filed by the Delhi government requesting more water supplies from neighboring states, emphasizing that the issues of water shortage for the inhabitants of Delhi should be adequately handled.

The Bench, which also included Justice K.V. Viswanathan, requested that Solicitor General Tushar Mehta arrange the meeting of the river board.

The Yamuna’s surface flow is distributed among the states of Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Haryana, Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh, and Delhi by the Upper Yamuna River Board.

The Delhi administration, headed by the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), requested in a plea to the supreme court that neighboring states be ordered to provide more water for a month in order to alleviate the unusually high water demand of the city caused by an increase in summer temperatures.

In a letter to Yogi Adityanath and Nayab Singh Saini, the chief ministers of Uttar Pradesh and Haryana, Delhi Water Minister Atishi asked for more water to be sent into the national capital so that residents may easily survive the hottest summers.

Earlier, Atishi had informed the Union Jal Shakti Minister that Haryana needed to discharge Delhi’s fair share of water into the Yamuna River right away in order to restore the waters to normal and had requested fast action from the Center on the problem of water scarcity.

“Water from the Yamuna River is a major source of supply for Delhi’s daily needs. But since Haryana isn’t releasing the necessary quantity of water into the Yamuna River, there has been a sharp decline in the water levels at the Wazirabad Barrage in recent days. In a letter to Union Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat on Thursday, she said that “this has resulted in a massive water crisis in the national capital.”

She continued by saying that Delhi’s temperature had reached over 50 degrees Celsius, which had increased demand for water and placed further pressure on the city’s already overburdened supply network for clean drinking water.

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