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Water crisis in Delhi: Can't take action against tanker mafia as it operates in Haryana, AAP govt tells SC

Delhi water crisis: The blame game over the issue intensified with Delhi minister Atishi alleging that senior officials colluded with the mafia to reduce the number of DJB tankers and demanding an inquiry into it.

Edited By: Nivedita Dash @Nivedita0503 New Delhi Updated on: June 13, 2024 11:46 IST
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Delhi Water crisis: The AAP government in Delhi on Thursday filed its status report in the Supreme Court after being slammed over the role of tanker mafia in the water crisis in the national capital. The court told the Delhi government it will ask the city police to take action against the tanker mafia if it can't deal with them. If the same water can be transported using tankers, why can't it be supplied through the pipeline, a disquieted court said.

After the Supreme Court's observations, the Lieutenant Governor Secretariat wrote to the Delhi Police Commissioner, asking him to take action against the tanker mafia indulging in the theft of water from the Munak canal that carries water from Haryana.

SC raps AAP govt

The court slammed the Delhi government over the tanker mafia and told that it will ask the city police to take action if it can't deal with them. If the same water can be transported using tankers, why can't it be supplied through the pipeline, a disquieted court said. "There are visuals on every channel that the tanker mafia is working in Delhi. What measures have you taken in this regard?..What measures have you taken to control water waste coming through the two barrages if this is a recurring problem? Please show us what action or FIR have you lodged against tanker mafias," the bench observed orally.

LG vs Delhi water minister

Delhi water minister Atishi, however, accused government officials of reducing the number of Delhi Jal Board (DJB) water tankers without her knowledge, claiming it led to the proliferation of tanker mafia. In a letter to Lt Governor VK Saxena, Atishi demanded an inquiry into the alleged collusion of senior officers with the tanker mafia and requested him to deploy an ACP-level police officer to patrol the stretch of Munak Canal in Delhi to ensure that no illegal water-filling activity takes place there. After the Supreme Court's observations, the Lieutenant Governor Secretariat wrote to the Delhi Police Commissioner, asking him to take action against the tanker mafia indulging in the theft of water from the Munak canal that carries water from Haryana. Seeking a compliance report within a week, the LG's communication to the police commissioner directed him to ensure strict vigil along the canal to prevent any theft of water by tanker mafia and other illegal activities.

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