Nearly two months after a person died due to contaminated water in South Delhi’s Rajokri, the Delhi Jal Board (DJB) has failed to improve the quality of water supplied to the colony.
Over 180 residents of the Rajokri Pahadi BSF Camp had taken ill because of poor quality of water.
In absence of piped treated water, the area received supply from tubewells or tankers of DJB. One of the four tubewells is not working for the past two months.
The residents had lodged a complaint at DJB’s Jhandewalan office but to no avail. The supply from the tubewell was stopped when one Chhote Lal died after drinking water from the now defunct tubewell.
Other tubewells continue to provide filthy water and DJB tankers are irregular, residents claimed.
“The water supplied to us is dirty and muddy, at times infested with red worms. We have no option but to drink this every day,” said Hukumo, a resident.
Kamlesh and her son Sonu Ram fell seriously ill and were admitted to a private hospital. “I had to take a R40,000 loan from my relatives for treatment. I am yet to recover. I am the only bread winner in the family and I cannot work due to my illness,” said Kamlesh, a daily wage labourer.
Balveer Sharma, secretary, Lok Kalyan Samiti, said over 180 patients underwent treatment for various water-borne infections. “Of these, almost 20-odd were admitted to hospitals.”
The DJB, however, said the water supplied through tubewells and tankers was not contaminated. It said probably the containers being used for storing water by Rajokri residents are not clean.
“The water quality (in this colony) is regularly monitored. The last sampling of water indicated that the supply in Rajokri is good. We advise the residents to keep their containers clean for storing water,” said Sanjam Chima, DJB’s consultant (public relations).