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‘People need to find solutions themselves’

india Updated: Jul 14, 2009 00:42 IST
Neelam Pandey
Neelam Pandey
Hindustan Times
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A family of four in Dwarka does not get more than 200 litres of water per day while a similar household in any other part of the city consumes up to 1,000 litres. Is this fair?

It might be the case. Equitable distribution of water is a big problem in Delhi and it is a technical problem that needs to be resolved. There are two related issues: topography is one and booster pumps installed by residents is the other. There are areas in Vasant Vihar where water tanks overflow and there is wastage of water. There is an imbalance in demand and supply of water. Dwarka needs 10 MGD water but we are able to supply only 3-3.5 MGD to DDA.

Isn’t DJB, the sole water utility of the city, shirking its responsibility by not supplying water to Dwarka?

Arranging water is our responsibility, but DDA has to lay internal system sewers and pipelines. Dwarka does not come under our jurisdiction. DDA was told we would provide water to Dwarka once its water treatment plant became functional. Work on the plant started three months ago. Once it is operational, 40 MGD water will be provided.

But even the water you supply is brackish and totally unfit for consumption. In fact, a number of societies in Dwarka have set up their own water treatment plants to clean it.

This is quite a practical solution. Migration is one big reason for the scarcity of water in Delhi and people have to come up with their own solutions. People are pouring into this city every day. But water agreements are made for years, so we can’t change them every other day.

The water tankers you provide are inadequate.

Tankers cannot take up the role of regular water supply.

What is the solution?

The problem will be solved by December 2010, once the Dwarka water treatment plant becomes functional. But Delhiites need to learn from the people of Chennai and Bangalore, where water is supplied every alternate day

How does delayed construction of Munak Canal impact Dwarka?

Nearly 80 per cent of work on the canal is over and water is getting stored. Ideally, Dwarka should get water from the canal, but Haryana is not allowing DJB access to this water. The issue has got politicised. Haryana has given us a new deadline of September 2009 for completing the canal.

(Ramesh Negi spoke to Neelam Pandey)