The Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) and the Delhi Jal Board (DJB) have started a blame game over which agency is responsible for the supply of contaminated water in the national capital.
DJB officials accept the contamination charge, but that does not stop them from pointing a finger at the faulty drainage system of the MCD.
"We always get more complaints of contaminated water during the monsoons," said a senior DJB official who did not want to be identified.
"This clearly means that it is the overflowing storm water drains that are at fault. MCD needs to fix them first."
A joint inspection by the two civic agencies has revealed that 67 water pipelines passing through "bigger sewerage lines" had micro cracks.
The MCD has alleged that despite repeated requests, the DJB has repaired only seven of the affected pipelines.
However, with a total of 642 water pipelines crossing through drains, many more face the risk of contamination.
DJB officials said the MCD is yet to send them a copy of the survey-cum-inspection report.
Another impediment to the laying of pipelines, as cited by DJB officials, is the increased road-restoration charges of the MCD.
"If the project cost of laying the pipeline is R10 lakh, we end up paying R30 lakh to the MCD as road restoration charges. We had taken up the matter with the chief secretary too," a DJB official said.
The DJB also alleged the MCD was damaging many water and sewerage pipelines while constructing drains.
"They have damaged our sewerage and water pipelines while constructing a drain in Lajpat Nagar due to which water got contaminated. We
have written numerous letters to them informing them about it but nothing has been done so far," added the DJB official.
Yogender Chandolia, chairman of the standing committee of the MCD, said, "DJB's sewerage system is a complete failure, and rather than fixing it they are blaming us."