Finally, there is respite to their woes. After bearing with contaminated and stinking water supply for about a fortnight, residents of Lajpat Nagar started getting fresh water from Monday.
The Delhi Jal Board (DJB), which did not bother to sort out Lajpat Nagar’s water problem despite repeated complaints by the residents, have now identified the leakage.
It was in the underground pipeline through which sewage water got mixed with fresh water. The problem was solved within 48 hours after HT reported it on July 17.
“We are relieved now. Finally, we got fresh water this evening. We hope this is a permanent solution to the problem and not a temporary arrangement,” said Amarjeet Singh, a resident of House No. C5. His 18-year-old son was one of the many residents who is suffering from stomach ache and fever for the past one week.
Satish Setia, another resident of the area, said they started suffering from water woes ever since an unauthorised banquet hall, Kamal Banquet Hall, was established in the area a few months ago.
“Dirty waste water through six pipes go to the drain from the banquet hall. Often leakages in the pipeline develop near the banquet hall,” he added.
R.S. Negi, Superintendent Engineer (South Range), DJB said, “We have identified the leakage through which sewage water got mixed with normal water and was supplied at households for the past many days. We have blocked the supply through this line and opened a parallel line to supply water to the houses in Lajpat Nagar II. We will repair the line by Tuesday.”
Lajpat Nagar II’s C Block houses with about 170 families, were getting dirty and stinking water for about a fortnight.
Several complaints made by the residents however did not yield any fruit. A number of children in the area were suffering from many waterborne diseases.