Court takes suo moto cognizance of lack of rainwater harvesting efforts in Delhi: High Court of Delhi

The High Court of Delhi, through learned judges, Justice Jasmeet Singh & JusticeDinesh Kumar in the case of Mahima Yadhav vs Government of NCT Delhi (W.P.(C) 4117/2021) took suo moto cognizance of lack of rainwater harvesting efforts in Delhi.

BRIEF FACTS: There was an article in Times of India dated 18.06.2022 which talked about lack of rain water harvesting efforts in Delhi. The article suggested that monsoon rain water was not harvested properly within the city of Delhi. The court took note of this article and the fact that due to the monsoon season and otherwise, there were huge traffic snarls in Delhi which according to the court could be easily controlled and regulated instantly through rain water management as well as with the assistance of Google.

FINDINGS OF THE COURT: The court took suo moto cognizance since it was a matter of public importance. The court issued notices to various public departments and parties. The court asked the parties to file a status report within one week indicating the steps taken by the agencies to store and harvest rainwater and  ease traffic jams/snarls in Delhi during monsoons and other periods.


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