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Ganga canal closure leaves Delhi dry

Several areas in the city have started feeling the effects of the Upper Ganga Canal's closure. Large parts of south Delhi had to put up with an acute water shortage on Wednesday.

india Updated: May 07, 2003 15:40 IST

Several areas in the city have started feeling the effects of the Upper Ganga Canal's closure. Large parts of south Delhi had to put up with an acute water shortage on Wednesday.

Water from the canal feeds the Bhagirathi treatment plant, which supplies water to areas in south and east Delhi. While the supply was reported to be normal in east Delhi, it was way short in south.

Water tankers pitched in, but were not enough. Frequent fights — escalating to brawls in some cases — were reported by residents of many colonies.

Many blocks in East of Kailash got water supply for just 20 minutes. They were the luckier ones in the area. Bikram Duggal, a resident of Block B, said he has not been getting enough for the last two weeks. He said

The scene was similar in Kalkaji Extension, where the supply has been reduced in the last two days. Blocks 4, 6 and 8 are the worst hit and have been managing their water requirements through private suppliers. Blocks 9, 11, 12, 13 and Kalkaji (Main) are somewhat better off in that they receive some water.

In other south Delhi areas, including Chittaranjan Park and Vasant Kunj, the situation was as chronic as ever. Pockets 4, 8 and 9 of Sector C; pockets 1, 7 and 8 of Sector D; pockets A and C of Sector A in Vasant Kunj faced a severe shortage.

DJB assurance

* Says alternative sources arranged

* Says water level in their storage tank has remained unchanged since Tuesday

* An official claims residents' complaints are being addressed

* DJB's G.C.Nandwani says Yamuna water is being taken from Wazirabad barrage as Haryana has released extra water

* DJB CEO tells a seminar that 2003 will be the last year of water woes as several projects nearing completion

* Water Resources Minister Arjun Charan Sethi says water tankers need not be free

First Published: May 07, 2003 15:40 IST