About 300 residents of Vasant Kunj in south Delhi heaved a sigh of relief on Friday when after four days of getting contaminated water, mixed with sludge and cow dung, clean water finally started flowing from their taps.
On January 28 Hindustan Times had first reported the plight of residents from pockets C-1, C-2 and C-9 who were getting tap water laced with sewage and cow dung.
DJB spokesperson Sanjam Chima said, “We have resumed normal water supply in C-1 and C-2 pockets. A site inspection revealed that blockage of Massoodpur drain had resulted in seepage of waste water into internal water distribution pipeline causing flow of contaminated water into the houses.”
She added, “It was extremely difficult to dig and locate the fault. About 10 blocks comprising 75-80 houses were affected. Residents were advised to take water from DJB tankers which were pressed to service immediately. The distribution pipeline was disconnected from the main system and we had to flush them.”
Meanwhile, residents are still cautious about taking water from the taps.
Naresh Sharma, an RWA member of Pocket C-1, said, “We didn’t use the water today as a precautionary measure but we have been told that the water supply is better now. But the cow dung is still there in the storm water drains.”
Another resident of C-1 Anil Sood said, “The water supply was better today. It was entirely the DDA’s mistake as the drainage system that they have created at Masoodpur is faulty. Whenever it gets full, muck overflows into C-1 block.”