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Dwarka locals up in arms over water shortage

Nivedita Khandekar, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, October 03, 2012
First Published: 23:45 IST(3/10/2012) | Last Updated: 23:46 IST(3/10/2012)

Fed up with years of water shortage clubbed with erratic supply, not to mention six times higher tariff, thousands of Dwarka sub-city residents have declared to hit the road hoping to awaken the powers that be.

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The Federation of Co-operative Group Housing Societies, Dwarka Ltd on Wednesday announced a huge dharna on Sunday to protest the irregularity.

MK Mathew, president of the Federation, said this extreme step comes following the residents’ demands during the Federation’s general body meeting last month. The federation is the apex body of nearly 400 RWAs in Dwarka sub-city, comprising 373 group cooperative housing societies and 67 DDA pockets. It gets about 3.5 million gallons per day (MGD) water per day for its approximately 6 lakh population.

Instead of direct supply, the Delhi Jal Board (DJB) gives it in bulk to Delhi Development Authority (DDA) for distribution, making it dearer than rest of the city. They pay as much as six times higher charges, RTI replies have established.

Mukesh Sinha, a Dwarka sector 12 resident, said: “Dikshit came here last week and to our surprise told us point blank ‘we don’t have water, we can't give it to you’.”

Last week, the DJB told the Delhi high court that the water problems here would end with commissioning of water treatment plant and also claimed that 90% of the civil work is over. It is banking on additional 80 MGD water from Munak carrier lined channel (CLC) bringing water from Haryana once it becomes operational.

The government is facing litigation over land acquisition for the Delhi portion of Munak CLC at two places. Even when this is taken care of and the canal is completed, the infrastructure at the plants is incomplete, said Rejimon CK of Dwarka Forum.

“Even when all the promised water is available, as much as 1 MGD is allotted for the airport and one for unauthorised colonies here. What is left for us?” Mathew said.


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