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He cycles 4 km every other day for 20 litres of water

delhi Updated: Jul 26, 2009 22:03 IST

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Chand Singh (67) retired from Indian Railways’ service years ago, but the Sector 23 resident still knows no rest, thanks to the water crisis in Rohini.

Troubled by the irregular supply, Singh is forced to seek out alternatives.

“I am retired but I still live a hard life. I can’t afford to buy drinking water, so I cycle regularly to Poonth, which is about 2 km away, to bring back potable water,” he said.

“Is this what a man my age should be doing?”

With an ailing wife and most of the household chores to be taken care of, Singh has a lot on his mind already. Water scarcity in his sector only compounds his problems.

“My wife is quite ill and it’s just the two of us at home. I try to leave her alone as little as possible. Ideally, I shouldn’t have to leave home to get water, but then, even she needs to drink water,” said Singh, who moved to Rohini from Sarai Rohilla after he retired from service.

Poonth is a place from where many Rohini residents get water. Singh’s 20-litre container lasts him only about two to three days. So, trips to Poonth happen very often.