History repeats itself every summer, leaving most Delhiites high and dry, quite literally. Severe water shortage in the city has hit plush areas, resettlement colonies and slum clusters alike.
And what has most Delhiites up in arms is the fact that the Delhi Jal Board (DJB) is neither supplying proper piped water nor providing satisfactory tanker service.
Echoed PK Roy, secretary of East Pakistan Displaced Persons (EPDP), in south Delhi, "Some pockets in Chittaranajan Park don't get proper water supply and have to rely on water tankers. These too, do not come very often."
Unavailability of sufficient raw water — DJB has just about 835 million gallons of water per day (MGD) as against a demand of 1,150 MGD — is just one of the reasons. Leaking, rusting pipelines that burst at the slightest instance also cause loss of water. "There is as much as 35-40 per cent physical loss and revenue loss," said the DJB CEO in his budget speech.
The DJB also claims the problem related to tankers is due to the adverse demand-supply ratio. DJB owns and hires a total of nearly 1,000-odd tankers, which are inadequate for the burgeoning population. Several people have to rely on private water tankers and pay for it through the nose.
Also, DJB's tendering process for outsourcing tanker service has been pending for five years.
Working round the clock, the DJB has restored the 100m of a large supply pipeline that had burst on Friday night in north Delhi.