Sunday, July 1, 2012

'No Water Shortage in Delhi, Only Discriminatory Supply

                                                                                                     Priyanka in New Delhi

An audit report of the Delhi Jal Board states that failure in timely construction of underground reservoirs and booster pumping stations has resulted in an unequal distribution of water. Priyanka reports 

In his mid 70s, Dhanpal watches over a child with a water pipe in his hands. A dozen people carrying plastic containers of all sizes crowd around him waiting anxiously for their turn to fill up.

Water is a scare commodity for these residents of Sangam Vihar, probably the biggest segregation of unauthorised houses in Delhi.

The past few weeks have witnessed an unprecedented hue and cry about water shortage in the capital. While residents, mainly in the southern and northern parts of Delhi, have complained of an acute shortage in water supply, this scarcity has not been evenly experienced by all residents across.

Dhanpal, a driver, owns some 50-odd rooms in gali no.1 of Sangam Vihar. His eight brothers, who are all residents of the same gali, also own rooms that are rent out to a family of three-four members. Most of these tenants work as vendors and laborers in adjoining Govindpuri and Kalkaji.

Dhanpal pays Rs 5,000 to a private contractor for two hours of uninterrupted water supply.
"Each one of them (his tenants) will store around 700 to 800 liters of water, which will be used for the next 4-5 days," Dhanpal explains. "There is no water here, we are hit by hard times," he says.

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