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No water, plant shuts down

To add to the woes of the already burdened people in the city, the water treatment plant at Wazirabad was shut down on Saturday due to non-availability of water.

delhi Updated: Jun 17, 2012 00:39 IST
HT Correspondent

To add to the woes of the already burdened people in the city, the water treatment plant at Wazirabad was shut down on Saturday due to non-availability of water.

This means the crisis could worsen, though officials at the plant assured that supply will be restored by Sunday evening. The plant supplies 120 MGD water to the city.

An official at the plant said the scarcity was due to the cutting of water supply from Haryana. "Unavailability of water has forced the closure of the plant. But if raw water is available, the supply could be restored by Sunday evening," said the official.

In the absence of water, protests erupted all over the city, especially in Naraina and Laxmi Nagar, where residents have been facing water crisis for the last 10 days.

Fed up with lack of water, residents in Saket, one of the poshest colonies in South Delh, had blocked the main road for two hours at PVR Saket crossing on Thursday and Friday to mark their protest.

"The water that comes in our pipes is filthy and unfit for drinking, so we have been getting tankers. But there are frequent fights over that also, leading to more problems," said Vinod Dayal, a resident of Lalita Park in east Delhi.

Supply was also affected in the Walled City, Karol Bagh, Darya Ganj, Bara Hindu Rao, Sadar Bazaar, Rohini, Sangam Vihar, Khanpur, Saket, Vasant Vihar, East of Kailash, Lalita Park, Mayur Vihar, Preet Vihar, Najafgarh, Mundka and New Delhi Municipal Council areas, where water came only for a few minutes.

In Vasant Kunj, some households got water for just half an hour. "There seems to be an inconstancy in the supply of water. My household is getting very less water whereas the house a few metres away has no such complaints," said Sucheta Arora, a resident of B-8 in Vasant Kunj.

Residents of Naraina came out on the streets on Saturday and blocked traffic to protest against the water crisis.

"The problems of the residents were taken up before the local councillor but there hasn't been any action taken against the crisis," said Monika, a local resident.

Dwarka residents also said they have been facing acute water shortage for the past few days and have been dependent on water tankers. "Dwarka faces water shortage throughout the year but for the past few days the problem has only got worse," said Rejimon CK, president of Dwarka Forum, a group representing residents.