Scarcity of drinking water rocked the Delhi Assembly on the second day of the budget session on Thursday with Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) alleging that potable water was being diverted for construction purposes.
Shouting slogans against the government for its alleged failure to get adequate water, the opposition MLAs demanded an inquiry committee to look into the issue and demanded an immediate solution to the water crisis that has engulfed South, South West and North West Delhi.
"Water has been diverted for the construction of a number of hotels and some other projects near the airport. We demand a thorough inquiry into it. This is a very serious issue," leader of the opposition Vijay Kumar Malhotra said.
Accusing Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit of "playing politics" on the water issue, Palam MLA Dharam Deo Solanki even threatened to resign from the membership of the House. He said people of his constituency have been "thirsty" for the last 15 years.
"If you do not repair the roads, if you do not set up schools and hospitals and other facilities in my constituency, then I will not have any problem. Don't give us anything but please give us water," said Solanki.
Though the Delhi Jal Board has constructed 23 underground water reservoirs in the past four years, it has managed to commission only 13 due to non availability of water.
Tughlaqabad MLA Ramesh Bidhuri, Bijwasan MLA Sat Prakash Rana, Moti Nagar MLA Subhash Sachdeva, Gokulpuri MLA Surender Kumar too raised the issue of water in the assembly.
Bijwasan MLA Satprakash Rana said he had written "thousands of letters" to the government on the issue of water scarcity and even met Dikshit but to no avail.
The BJP MLAs boycotted the house for a minute and later shouted slogans, forcing the speaker to adjourn the assembly for 40 minutes.