A 26-year-old daily wager died and 40 of his neighbours were hospitalised on Wednesday after allegedly drinking contaminated water in Rajokari in south-west Delhi.
This is second such incident in the Capital in less than three weeks. On June 23, two residents of the NCERT Colony in south Delhi died and many took ill after allegedly consuming contaminated water.
A resident of Rajokari Pahadi BSF camp, Chhote Lal had acute diarrhoea since Saturday. He was vomiting as well and died on Wednesday morning, Balveer Sharma, a neighbour, said.
The neighbourhood gets its water supply from four Delhi Jal Board tubewells. The area doesn’t have access to treated piped water.
“We know a death has occurred, but we don’t know the exact cause,” Sanjam Chima, DJB’s consultant (PR), said.
People have been complaining about poor quality of water for days, but since Saturday matters have worsened.
“But since Saturday, the water quality has worsened and people have been falling ill,” Sharma, who along with his 22-year-old son is down with diarrhoea, said.
The pipelines in Rajokari were least 40 years old, area councillor Kusum Khatri told HT.
“People puncture them on and off. There is no sewer line, but nothing has been done despite repeated requests,” she said.
There are 500-600 houses in the area and members of at least 60 households are ill. “The DJB sent its tankers late Wednesday after Chhote Lal’s death,” Sharma said.