21-year-old Kshitij Goyal, an MBA aspirant, could not appear for the entrance exam, as he fell sick after consuming contaminated water. Goyal, a resident of S-Block Greater Kailash-I, has missed a couple of competitive exams after he was diagnosed with severe stomach infection. Another resident, Mamta Khanna, is down with a gastrointestinal problem caused by drinking bad water. Deepika Singhal, had to move to her relative’s place with her two-day old baby, after sewer water got mixed with tap water in her colony.
Nearly 150 residents of this block have been battling this problem for the last two months. Filthy water from choked sewers has been flowing back to their houses as well as seeping into the main water supply pipeline. The residents raised the matter with the area MLA, Saurabh Bhardwaj, who assured them speedy relief.
“All the houses have water purifiers installed, despite that the water is not drinkable. Many people including my son have fallen sick. He missed several exams for which he had been preparing for so long. He fell sick thrice after which the doctor told us it was due to contaminated water,” said Kshitij’s mother Sharmila Goyal.
The residents had approached the Delhi Jal Board (DJB) officials in this regard, but they didn’t do anything until the MLA intervened. On Thursday, a few DJB officials collected water samples from several houses. “The officials told us that it will take a few days to get the reports. They also said that the problem will be fixed shortly,” said M K Gupta, whose bathroom flush has been choked because of reverse flow of water.
“The dirty water seeped into my son and daughter-in-law’s basement room. She had to immediately move out with her two-day old baby. Also, the stink is unbearable,” said SK Singhal.
Meanwhile, a DJB official said, “We have taken samples from houses. Desilting of sewers is also being done.”