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Train to bring water for city stations

Railway stations across Delhi are facing an acute shortage of water supply. Rajat Arora reports.

delhi Updated: May 29, 2012 23:58 IST
Rajat Arora
Rajat Arora
Hindustan Times

Railway stations across Delhi are facing an acute shortage of water supply.

The Delhi division of Northern Railways gets water supply from the Delhi Jal Board (DJB) for all it stations. The railways claim that the DJB has refused to provide sufficient water for the need of around 18 lakh passengers who use major railway stations situated in the Capital — New Delhi, Old Delhi, Hazrat Nizammudin, Anand Vihar and Delhi Cantonment.

"The DJB supplies 10 lakh litres of water daily, whereas the demand has touched almost 22 lakh litres a day. The Jal Board has told us that it can't provide more water as the demand in the city has gone up too," said a senior Northern Railways officer, requesting anonymity.

In fact, several areas in the city are already facing a severe water crisis.

The passenger pressure on the already overcrowded railways goes up by around 30 per cent in summers which further leads to shortage of water at stations.

"There's too much pressure on us and it is almost impossible to provide running water 24x7," the officer added.

As a result of water crisis, loos and drinking water taps have gone dry at most of the stations. The passengers are facing immense problems, as the scorching heat wave sweeping across the city has compounded the water woes.

To solve the problem the Delhi division, which span across some parts of Haryana and Uttar Pradesh, has planned to get water from the neighbouring state Haryana through a special eight rake train.

"We'll be getting water from Jind, Haryana, around 130 kms from Delhi, where we have a water plant. It'll be transported to the Capital on an eight rake train. The train will bring three lakh litres of water here. We hope that it will give passengers some relief," the officer added.

First Published: May 29, 2012 23:57 IST