The Delhi High Court has directed the Delhi government to coordinate with the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) and the Delhi Jal Board (DJB) to solve the water crisis in housing societies in Dwarka.
The direction came after the court noticed that while the people suffered, the DDA and DJB always passed the buck, with no end to the problem in sight.
A bench of Chief Justice D Murugesan and justice VK Jain was hearing a petition filed by residents of five Dwarka sectors (20 to 25) complaining about the severe water crisis and inadequate steps by DDA and DJB despite repeated complaints and representations.
“The chief secretary of Delhi shall hold a meeting with DDA vice chairman and DJB CEO and identify within four weeks the deficiencies, if any, in the water infrastructures provided by DDA. On removal of deficiencies, the water facilities in these areas shall forthwith be taken over by DJB which shall ensure adequate supply of drinking water to the residents”, the court said.
The residents told the court that they incurred a monthly expenditure of up to R2,000 by arranging water from private sources as the supply by DDA was very erratic.
The chief secretary has also been asked to consult with DJB and DDA and decide on the number of water tanks having pumping facilities needed to be engaged to meet the shortfall in supply till the DJB took over the water facilities.
The court directed DJB to supply water to the residents in tanker lorries and specified that DDA will bear its expense.
DJB counsel Sumeet Pushkarna told the court DJB was ready to supply water but there were no adequate infrastructure in place like overhead and underground tanks, the construction of which was the job of the DDA. He said certain facilities which are ready has also not been handed over to the DJB.
DDA on its part told the court that it had laid water line and constructed a huge underground reservoir in sector 23 but it could not be made operational due to non-supply of water by DJB.
“The DJB had in 1992 promised to construct two underground tanks for these sectors and regularly supply water but they have not kept their promise,” said the DDA counsel.