Students studying in schools run by the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) will no longer have to worry about carrying water bottles to schools.
The Delhi Jal Board (DJB) has agreed to the civic agency’s bid to set up water connections in its schools. After repeatedly writing to the DJB regarding the unavailability of drinking water in 63 of its schools, the MCD received a breakthrough on Thursday.
In a letter written by MCD’s education department to the DJB, the civic agency has been assured that the water connections will be set up as soon as possible by the DJB."Earlier, we had given water bottles to almost 2.5 lakh students because the children used to fall sick after drinking contaminated water. We spent R97 lakh for this. So, we had written to chief minister Sheila Dikshit regarding the matter and had sent a copy to DJB," said Mahender Nagpal, chairman of the Education committee of the MCD.
“They have now responded, telling us that they will start work on the water connections in the schools. As of now, we are going to inspect it further. As soon as the formalities are done, we will make sure that they start work on the project,” he added.
It was first reported by Hindustan Times that the civic agency would be giving out water bottles to the students in its schools due to scarcity of water. Now, the MCD is going an extra mile to make these basic amenities easily available to the students.
“This project is going to benefit more than 97,000 students in the schools. While the rest of the schools have aquaguard connections, we need to ensure basic water supply to the schools, which don’t have any. It is important to make MCD education appealing to these children.
By providing basic necessities such as mid day meals, uniforms and water supply, we can make sure that the children have an incentive to come to school,” added Nagpal.