On June 7, 2000, the Delhi Jal Board and the Municipal Corporation announcement that they would create 150 ponds for rainwater harvesting. TAPAS, a non-governmental organisation, approached the Delhi High Court on June 22, 2000, to force government authorities to improve water availability and quality in the national capital. It sought restoration of neglected lakes and depressions in the city as well as the implementation of the announcement made by the authorities. On May 31, 2001, the court asked for a joint survey to identify Delhi’s waterbodies. It issued notices to the Union ministry of urban development to amend building bylaws and issue fresh notifications on rainwater harvesting. The court directed various government bodies to come up with a plan to relocate those buildings that had encroached on waterbodies.
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