On a day 40 lakh residents of south and east Delhi braced for a long, thirsty week, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit offered them sage advice: "Be patient."
"There will be a water crisis," the chief minister told reporters on Wednesday. "The shortages can't be remedied." Delhi government officials, however, held out a ray of hope. Some water could be got from Uttaranchal, they said. South and east Delhi were facing a crisis from Wednesday because of the closure of the Upper Ganga Canal.
South Delhi, at the end of the distribution channel, is especially vulnerable. Delhi Jal Board (DJB) officials, however, claimed the Bhagirathi water treatment plant had released more water than normal. The closure of the Upper Ganga Canal had not affected production at the plant, they said. "We are monitoring the situation and the governments of Haryana and Uttaranchal are cooperating fully," said DJB CEO P.K. Tripathi.
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** Kalkaji D block: A trickle for half an hour from 3.15 a.m.
C.R. Park: 10-min supply
Vasant Vihar, Mehrauli, Okhla: Low pressure
** Making Hay Demand for private water tankers up 40 per cent in south Delhi.
Charges: Rs 450 per tanker
** Cut Off Vikas Vihar, Uttam Nagar: Power failure from just after midnight to 10 a.m.
BSES took no complaints, said residents Paschim Vihar: 3-9 p.m.