Sudarshana Puri, 43, feels like she has moved back in time.
“This is how Dwarka residents managed 2-3 years ago. There was no water and people were forced to depend on tankers. This is a flashback, and not a particularly good one at that,” she said.
Of all the areas in Delhi affected by the water crisis in the last 10 days, Dwarka and Palam are the worst hit. Residents who get water from the Munak Canal have not seen any piped water in the past one week.
The Delhi Jal Board had planned for Dwarka to get piped water every alternate day. But that plan has not worked.
“We tried but have not been able to fill up the reservoirs enough to start pumping water. As a result, the pipes are dry. Even if we start pumping, water reaches only a few houses that lie at the beginning of the grid. The ones are the back get nothing. As of now, the situation is very bad. Tankers are all we can rely on,” said Delhi Jal Board chairperson Kapil Mishra.
Dwarka gets its water from the Nangloi and Dwarka water treatment plants and is highly dependent on the now-damaged Munak Canal.
“There is no water in my colony since the last one week. According to RWA members, tankers are coming but the amount of water they deliver is not enough to fill the reservoirs and hence water is not delivered. The situation is really bad,” said Anuradha Jha, a resident of Sector 1 Dwarka.
There are also instances of people from the area shifting to hotels to tide over the water problem.
“I have no other option. We are looking to shift to a hotel in an area where the water problem is not as big. The last tanker came here on Friday,” said Anupana Mishra, a resident of Sector 12, Dwarka.