The queue outside Dr CR Ravindran’s clinic in east Delhi’s Mayur Vihar Phase III has been getting longer since January. “I get around seven cases of jaundice and typhoid almost every day due to the contaminated water supply the colony has been getting for the past three months,” he said.
Residents of the area have been complaining about the water supply since September. “The problem began after monsoons ended but became worse November onwards,” said Promod Thomas, a resident of Mayur Vihar Phase III.
“The water pipes run parallel to sewage pipes. Neither of the pipelines have been changed since long,” said Gopi Pillai, another resident. With the number of jaundice and typhoid cases rising, residents fear the breakout of an epidemic in the area. “So far around 100 people have taken ill,” Pillai added.
Residents said regular complaints have been filed with the DJB but no action has been taken. Refuting the allegations, RK Garg, member, water works, DJB, said: “I have not heard about any such problem, but if there is contamination, we will look into it.”