With the rise in temperature, the demand for water has started peaking
NEW DELHI: With the rise in temperature, the demand for water has started peaking. RWAs in upscale areas like South Extension-II have complained about water supply being curtailed forcing them to rely on tankers. Also, some water-stressed areas in rural and outer Delhi have reported a shortage. Delhi has a demand-supply gap of 250-300 million gallons per day during summer.
Located on the Delhi-Haryana border, Mundhela Kalan village and its surrounding bastis have been facing acute water shortage for the past few weeks. Anand Kumar, a villager, said that supply has been severely impacted and whatever little amount they get comes at 2am-3am at low pressure. “Being forced to wake up late at night has been affecting our lives adversely,” he added.
Besides Mundhela Kalan, nearby settlements like Harijan Basti, Vaid and Valmiki Panna have also been badly hit. The villagers said they have filed complaints on the DJB app and with the local official, but to no avail. Recently, the villagers also sent a petition to the executive engineer of the area.
Paras Tyagi from Centre for Youth Culture Law and Environment, which works on governance reforms in urban and rural villages, said people are facing a water shortage during Covid-19 pandemic when washing hands repeatedly is a must. “There is an underground reservoir, but all 3,000 inhabitants in the villages along this supply line face the problem each summer,” he said.
Harish Mehta, South Extension-II BBlock RWA member, complained that DJB had not been supplying water since April 8. “More than 120 flats have become completely reliant on water tankers, which we are calling every alternate day. DJB hasn’t given a solution for the past 45 days. Water is essential during these Covid-19 days. Moreover, it’s not safe to step out,” he added.
A DJB official said tail-end areas usually face water problems during summers. “We will look at the operation of the boosting station to solve the issue. A list of vulnerable areas has been drawn up in consultation with MLAs and we’ll supply water to the areas with the help of tankers,” he said.