The 15-year-old struggle of Anand Lok residents against acute water shortage may finally yield some result as the Delhi Jal Board (DJB) has agreed to construct an underground reservoir (UGR) here.
The decision was taken during a meeting with Delhi water minister Kapil Mishra. The Residents Welfare Association (RWA) apprised the minister about the water troubles being faced for the last 15 years. After detailed discussions, senior officials of the DJB proposed a plan to construct a reservoir in the locality. They said that the project will help store the water in large quantity and improve the supply in the area.
To implement the project, the water utility will need a large chunk of land measuring nearly 350sqm. Representatives of the association have suggested that the space beneath the Central Park here may be used for the purpose.
“DJB needs about 350sqm land. We have offered them a part of the Central Park. The officials have agreed to visit the site soon and have prepared a plan for the construction,” said Sanjay Gupta, president of Anand Lok RWA.
A senior DJB officer said, “The project has been given a technical approval by DJB chief engineer RS Negi. A team of officials will visit the proposed site on Thursday. Later, we will prepare the estimate for the project and other formalities will be completed after a meeting with minister Kapil Mishra.”
According to the residents, several pockets in the area have been reeling under acute water shortage since 1999. They said that during the peak summer season some of the areas receive erratic or no water supply. “House numbers 98-101 did not get water in May and June, while houses 102-108 did not get water for a week. We have no option but to call water tankers. We also had to paid extra to ensure these water tankers came on time,” said Vinod Gupta, another RWA member. He said that while it costs Rs 700 to call a tanker, they had to pay an additional Rs 300.
To fix the problem, the DJB made a few temporary arrangements but failed to provide any relief to the residents. There was provision for a tube well but over a period of time the system fell flat. “We didn’t restore the bore well because till late 1980s we used to get sufficient water supply,” a resident said.
It is ironical that the area has not been getting enough water as it is located barely 1.5km from the Greater Kailash-I water reservoir. “I came to know that the main supply line from the GK reservoir has been diverted to other areas such as the HUDCO residential area. As a result, the supply to our colony was affected and houses at the tail end of the supply line do not get water during peak summers,” Gupta said.