In 2000 Delhi High Court order followed by a notification by the Union Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD) had made it mandatory for all buildings with a discharge of more than 10,000 liters of water per day to recycle water for non-potable purposes.
However the Delhi Govt did not take any action despite having a High Court order till 2009, when Delhi Jal Board cut down supply of water to 30 such establishments by half. It asked all such buildings (mainly malls, schools, etc) who consumed more than 12 Kilo litres water per month, to have their own water recycling and waste-management systems.
Even Planning Commission while approving Delhi’s annual Plan had raised concern about areas within Delhi which are over-exploiting underground water and suggested to develop a budget for creating better water facilities for next decade.
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