Jat Protests Disrupt Delhi Water Supply, Kejriwal Asks DJB To Move SC

20/02/2016 4:26 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:26 AM IST
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To go with story 'India-UN-environment-water' by Claire Cozens In this photograph taken on March 16, 2015, a water tank operator handles a hose as he fills up a water tanker from a water well near block apartment buildings in the Dwarka sector of New Delhi. Rambir Singh still remembers when the wells in his village on New Delhi's southwestern edge were filled with sweet-tasting water and livestock drank from the small ponds that dotted the area. Decades of population growth and uncontrolled urbanisation have created a water crisis in India, now the world's fastest-growing major economy. AFP PHOTO / Roberto SCHMIDT (Photo credit should read ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP/Getty Images)

NEW DELHI -- As water supply may be "significantly affected in Delhi in next one-two days due to Jat protest in Haryana, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today directed Delhi Jal Board (DJB) to approach Supreme Court immediately seeking urgent hearing over the crisis.

Delhi Water Minister Kapil Mishra today held an emergency meeting with DJB officials and decided to rationalise water supply till the situation is normal.

Mishra said that protestors have broken gates of Munak canal due to which water supply will be affected across the national capital.

"The Delhi CM has directed DJB to approach the apex court immediately to seek an urgent hearing as water crises may prevail if supply is not made normal at the earliest," said a senior government official.

Kejriwal talked to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and his Haryana counterpart M L Khattar to discuss the situation.

"Spoke to Haryana CM. He has assured that he will immediately send army to ensure safety of munak canal(sic)," Kejriwal tweeted.

In another tweet, Kejriwal said, "Am worried about impact of Jat agitation on Delhi esp Delhi's water supply. Sought time from Rajnath ji".

"Have spoken to HM about Munal canal crisis. He has assured me to direct Army Chief and do the needful to avoid water crisis in Delhi," Deputy CM Manish Sisodia also tweeted.

Fresh incidents of violence were today reported in Haryana as the Jat stir for quota intensified with protestors torching a railway station in Jind even as the Army conducted a flag march in two curfew-bound districts and used helicopters to reach parts of the blocked Rohtak district.

As the violence by Jat protestors demanding quota continued unabated, Chief Minister Manohar Khattar issued a fresh appeal to the people to maintain peace.

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