Overflowing sewer lines and disease. The residents of the posh New Friends Colony have been living with these troubles for the last nine months.
The sewer lines of the colony, especially B Block, have crumbled completely, resulting in overflowing manholes and flooded back lanes. Residents have installed pumps in the back lane to keep water out of their houses.
“The situation has been like this for a very long time. We have been in constant touch with Delhi Jal Board (DJB) officials. They have been visiting the site regularly but no solution has come up till now. We pay the highest property tax but basic facilities are absent,” said Harish Sethi, a resident of B Block.
Owing to the waterlogged lanes, residents claimed illness has also spread in the area.
“Our neighbour’s son contracted dengue and many others in the area are suffering from Amoebiasis. The dirty water has started polluting the drinking water supply as well,” claimed Asha Sharma (71), another citizen.
The DJB had earlier changed sewer lines till a certain point in the area but the work for the whole area was not completed. Suction machines were also sent to the area to unclog the lines but the residents complain that they have not been working regularly.
“This suction truck has been here for the last two days but has not started work for even a minute,” said R.K. Jain, a lawyer who lives in the area.
The residents were informed that the sewer lines were completely damaged and that new lines had to be laid. DJB officials also acknowledge that the problem has been there for a long time.
“We are aware of the problem and are trying our best to solve it but our hands are tied. We can’t conduct digging work during this time,” said B.M. Dhaul, chief engineer, (South) DJB.
MCD Spokesperson Deep Mathur said, “Routine work like changing the lines is not permitted during monsoon, especially in view of the Commonwealth Games this year. Urgent matters can be taken up on request.”