Delhi's water shortage: Supreme Court questions state on action against 'tanker mafia' [12.6.2024]

As Delhi faces a water shortage, Water Minister Atishi has directed Quick Response Teams to inspect major pipelines and ensure there are no leakages. These teams, comprising officers at the Additional District Magistrate/Sub Divisional Magistrate level and tehsildars, will be responsible for providing water tankers and resolving water-related complaints.

This comes as the Supreme Court questioned the state government on what actions had been taken against the "tanker mafia" in the national capital.

"People are suffering, we are seeing visuals on every news channel. What measures have you taken to control water wastage if water scarcity is a recurring problem in summers," the bench observed

A vacation bench of Justices Prashant Kumar Mishra and Prasanna B Varale told the Delhi government to stop tanks from spilling and wasting water. The apex court added that if the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP)- led state government could not deal with tankers, then the Delhi Police would be asked to handle the matter.

“At this time of water shortage, not a single drop of water can be wasted,” Atishi emphasised in her communication dated June 11, which was shared by the minister on X (formerly Twitter). She also highlighted the urgency of preventing water wastage due to leakages, especially given the current heatwave.

Since Delhi is facing an acute water shortage in the heat wave, measures are being taken to prevent wastage of any water.

12 Jun 2024