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First give us water, then help Latur: Delhi residents to Arvind Kejriwal

New Delhi residents facing water shortage on Tuesday criticised chief minister Arvind Kejriwal’s move to send 10 lakh litres of water to the drought-hit Latur per day for two months.

delhi Updated: Apr 13, 2016 01:45 IST
Ritam Halder
Drought in Marathwada
A special train carrying five lakh litres of water for the drought-hit Latur in Maharashtra’s Marathwada region, which is battling the worst drought ever, reached the destination after 18 hours on Tuesday morning.(Anshuman Poyrekar/HT Photo)

New Delhi residents facing water shortage on Tuesday criticised chief minister Arvind Kejriwal’s move to send 10 lakh litres of water to the drought-hit Latur per day for two months.

Ashok Bhasin, president of the North Delhi Resident Welfare Association Federation, said Kejriwal should first provide water to city residents, before supplying it elsewhere.

“Over 40% of Delhi residents are hit by the water crisis in different parts of the city. In such a scenario, how can the CM plan to send so much water to Latur. We ourselves our getting help from Punjab and Haryana to meet our daily water demands,” said Bhasin. He has written to the chief minister, the Prime Minister, the President and the lieutenant-governor.

“It is surprising that the chief minister is ignoring the rights of Delhi residents and fulfilling the demands of other states. Water for Latur is a good initiative. But first take care of the people, who elected you as chief minister,” said Bhasin.

Anil Chatrath, general secretary of the RWA of pocket A of phase II in Mayur Vihar, said, “It is our right to get clean drinking water. From getting water throughout the day to getting it for an hour a day, the situation is grim. The water quality is also poor. Not everyone can afford to buy an RO or drinking water,” said Chatrath.