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More strain on distribution of water and power in city

The regularisation of 1,000-odd unauthorised colonies in the coming days may upset the bijli-paani equation as the government insists on 'equitable' distribution of resources.

delhi Updated: Jun 08, 2012 01:19 IST
HT Correspondent

The regularisation of 1,000-odd unauthorised colonies in the coming days may upset the bijli-paani equation as the government insists on 'equitable' distribution of resources.

Delhi Jal Board (DJB) said it has already started work to provide piped water supply to 1,005 such colonies in the city. "We are looking at catering to an additional 25 lakh population and have already factored in this population. We are working out a rationalised way of equitable water supply in colonies under command area of each water treatment plant," said a DJB official. http://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/Popup/2012/6/08_06_12-metro2b.jpg

What this means is reduced water supply per person in several colonies, which get more than the accepted 135-140 litres per day per person.

Officials said water lines have been laid in 783 unauthorised colonies, of which 700 are already getting water. The process of laying pipelines for 45 colonies is in progress, tendering is on for 32 colonies, while proposals are at estimate process stage for another 145. "The entire work for 1,005 colonies should be over by 2013 end," he said.

In case of power, regularisation of these colonies will add to the existing power crisis as it would put pressure on discoms. "We have sufficient resources to cater to the power demand of these colonies," said Ajay Maharaj, spokesperson, NDPL.

Gopal Saxena, CEO of BSES Rajdhani power limited, said, "We are already providing power to these colonies. But as the affluence grows in these areas, the power demand would go up."

The discoms claim they can provide uninterrupted power to these colonies only if there's a plan in place to meet the infrastructural challenge. "Suitable corridors have to be created for setting up sub stations, power grids and laying wires," Saxena added.