NEW DELHI: Delhi water minister Kapil Mishra on Sunday visited Mahipalpur in south Delhi after chief minister Arvind Kejriwal directed him to go to the area on receiving reports of residents fighting over water in the area.
Mishra, who is also the chairman of Delhi Jal Board, on Sunday visited Ma hip alp ur with a team of jal board officials to check if there was any genuine problem in the area. He interacted with residents, the local MLA and local engineers of the utility during his visit.
“The local MLA Colonel Devinder Sehrawat informed that the alleged fight between two groups of women in Mahipalpur area took place on June 7, 2016. However, the fight was not due to lack of water. The tanker, which was there to supply water, was actually parked ahead and there was a dispute on its passage because of some road blockage,” water minister Kapil Mishra said.
Water was one of the major poll promises made by the A am A ad mi Party during the last assembly elections. After coming to power, the party started providing 700 litres of free water to households which receive piped water supply and have a functional meter. The Delhi Jal Board also plans to bring every corner of the city in its piped water network.
According to Mishra, the DJB is currently implementing its summer action plan and has succeeded in most constituencies.
“Specifically for this area, emergency water supply to Mahipalpur, which has traditionally been a water-deficient area, has been increased manifold. Connection of Mahipalpur to the Haiderpur plant as opposed to Sonia Vihar plant has been done to increase hydrological efficiency. A new pipeline has been laid which connects Mahipalpur to the nearest underground reservoir,” the DJB chairman said.
The water minister will also submit a full report on Mahipalpur’s water situation to the chief minister. “This will include piped water supply network in the area in a time-bound manner and conducting a survey on illegal connections and boring in the area. We will also chalk out a plan to curb illegal connections in the area,” he said.