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MCD accuses DJB of inaction

On day three after HT broke the story on water contamination, the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) has squarely put the blame on the Delhi Jal Board (DJB). The civic agency said that though its health department has been taking samples of water and apprising the board about its findings, the latter has not taken any concrete action. The Jal Board comes under the Delhi government.

delhi Updated: Aug 02, 2011 23:49 IST
HT Correspondent

On day three after HT broke the story on water contamination, the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) has squarely put the blame on the Delhi Jal Board (DJB). The civic agency said that though its health department has been taking samples of water and apprising the board about its findings, the latter has not taken any concrete action. The Jal Board comes under the Delhi government.

Subhash Arya, leader of the MCD House, said "Dr VK Monga, chairman of Medical Relief and Public Health Committee, has been updating the Delhi chief minister on the outcome of these samples. However, he has not yet got a reply."

Arya further said that of the 4,816 samples taken by the MCD in the joint survey this year, the water was found dirty in 315 samples. "The joint survey bears the signature of DJB officials. The DJB's statement that they were not aware about the supply of dirty water reflects that it is shirking from its responsibility," said Arya.

"We had informed DJB about those 642 pipelines that cut through the nullah. Of the 642, only seven pipelines have been repaired. Also, DJB was provided with the list of 23 cases of water leakages. However, only seven of them have been repaired and nothing concrete has been done on the remaining 16 pipelines so far," Arya added.

"The MCD is tasked with the maintenance of storm water drains up to four feet. Whenever samples of drinking water are taken and the dirty water is found in the samples, it is because sewer got mixed with the water supply," he said.

Arya also said that people residing in unauthorised and regularised resettlement colonies have placed their sewer lines in storm water drains, which is illegal. "This is the responsibility of the chief minister and she must rectify this without any delay," Arya added.