The Opposition found an unexpected supporter when it raised the issue of water scarcity for second day in succession in Delhi assembly on Tuesday. Delhi Speaker Yoganand Shastri not just sympathised with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLAs when they talked about water crisis in their respective areas, he also came up with a suggestion for Delhi government to improve groundwater level and provide more water in parched areas of south and south-west Delhi.
"A part of 32-kilometre Dhansa Border-Kakrola drain was dug up to collect rainwater a few years ago. Not just the groundwater level in areas around the drain rose and the quality of water improved, several people used this water to irrigate their fields in rural part of the city. The government should consider digging up this drain again," Shastri said.
He also pointed out how Delhiites were wasting potable water. "In many areas where water supply is good people use potable water for washing cars, roads and porches of their houses. We should create awareness among masses against this habit," Shastri said.
A day after the BJP forced three adjournments in the House over water crisis, the Opposition MLAs were on their feet again on Tuesday, demanding quick measures from chief minister Sheila Dikshit, who is also the chairperson of Delhi Jal Board. "It is really a matter of shame that there are some assembly constituencies in the Capital where there is absolutely no supply of water," said BJP MLA from Kirari, Anil Jha.
"The underground water reservoir is ready for the past couple of years but it does not have water," said Subahsh Sachdeva, MLA from Moti Nagar.