Large parts of the city experienced water shortage after the Delhi Jal Board (DJB) shut down two water treatment plants due to high pollution levels in the Yamuna on Tuesday.
Of the 850 million gallons per day supplied to the city, the Chandrawal and Wazirabad plants provide 90 MGD and 120 MGD water, respectively. Many areas in central and south Delhi were affected.
“Supply stopped way too early than normal time this morning and there was no supply during the day,” said Kusum Jain, a resident of Basant Road in Paharganj.
“Generally water reaches the treatment plant through a separate drain. This drain got clogged, which added to pollution. The drain was diverted to reach through the Yamuna. The heavy pollutants prompted the shut down of the plants,” said a senior official.
The water utility stopped the production at the treatment plants at 6am and immediately apprised the Haryana government of the increased pollution levels. Once the polluted water was flushed out, treatment plants started work again.
“The Chandrawal plant was functioning at 50% capacity while the Wazirabad was working at 100 per cent capacity this evening. We are hoping that people would be able to get the water tomorrow morning,” said Ramesh Negi, DJB CEO.
Meanwhile, water supply would be affected in several New Delhi areas on Thursday and Friday due to the annual flushing at the Talkatora reservoir. The areas affected would be Central Secretariat, Ashoka Road, India Gate, Sunder Nagar, CP, Gole Market, DIZ area, RML Hospital, Janpath, North Avenue, MP flats and Lodhi Road.
Snags at Dadri power plant
Dadri thermal power plant has not been functioning due to a technical snag resulting in shortage of at least 800 MW. According to sources, many colonies faced frequent power cuts throughout the day. “The discoms have been asked to arrange power from the exchange. If the problem at Dadri is not rectified, Delhiites might witness more power cuts,” said a senior Delhi power department official.