Daily water problems of over 3.5 million Dwarka residents are set to end after the Delhi high court Thursday asked the Haryana government to release water to a canal that will ensure adequate supply to a defunct treatment plant in the sub-city.
Haryana will supply water to the Munak canal, which feeds the Dwarka Raw Water Pump House that has been lying unused for want of water.
A bench comprising justice BD Ahmed and justice Siddharth Mridul also directed the Delhi Jal Board (DJB) to complete work on connecting the canal to the plant within two weeks.
Dwarka requires about 17.5 million gallons (MGD) of water daily, equivalent to nearly four million buckets. Once operational, the plant will have a capacity of about 40 MGD per day and supply potable water to the suburb that sources 80% of its water needs from private players due to acute shortages.
Until now, Haryana supplied water through an older unlined canal that didn’t serve the Dwarka plant and resulted in 50% wastage, a loss of about 95 MGD everyday or the volume of 144 Olympics swimming pools.
The Munak career-lined canal (CLC) has a layer of concrete to stop such wastage. The extra water saved will also benefit other plants based around the Munak CLC, including Bawana, Nangloi, Okhla and Haiderpur.
Promised water from the Munak canal, residents feel, can change their lives. Locals are currently dependent on groundwater or expensive water tankers, compelling them to consume saline, hard, and untreated water.
“If we get drinking water from the Munak canal, our health will improve. The water we drink is near toxic levels and the salinity damages household gadgets,” CK Rejimon of the Dwarka forum said.
The DJB said the canal had already been completed but hadn’t been commissioned yet. The case will be heard next on December 18, when the court will examine the progress made in the connection work between the canal and the plant.