In south Delhi's NCERT Colony, the more things change, the more they remain the same.
When an HT team visited the colony on Friday, it saw people working around the water network. They claimed the colony's underground water reservoir had been cleaned thoroughly.
But when the team peeped into the reservoir, it looked almost as similar as it was on Wednesday. The opening of the reservoir had several cobwebs hanging on to the pipe. On Wednesday, the HT team that had visited the spot had seen the underground reservoir was full of cobwebs. Snails could be seen crawling on its pipe, and insects breeding in the water.
The south Delhi colony has seen two deaths and several hospitalisations, allegedly due to water contamination.
Meanwhile, Safdurjung Hospital had set up a temporary camp at the colony's community centre for treating patients and providing medication. They were seen collecting blood, urine and stool samples from the affected residents. "We are currently investigating the causes and will submit a report by next week," a team member said.
Emergency cases from the colony has also seen a dip by Friday. On Thursday night, three people visited the hospital but none were admitted.
"We have received cases of gastrointestinal infection caused mainly by water contamination. Barring one, none required hospitalisation," said Dr MP Sharma, head of department of gastroenterology, Rockland Hospital.
Four-year-old Sanjana's mother and two-year-old brother were discharged from Safdurjung hospital on Friday. Sanjana was one of the victims of water contamination. "Ayaan, Sanjana's brother, is on the road to recovery," said Geeta Verma, her aunt.
The colony residents have been promised normal water supply by Saturday.