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The Capital is thirsty

As per CSDS/HTC survey, 39% ? or nearly 2 out of 5 five ? respondents named shortage of drinking water as biggest problem.

india Updated: Nov 11, 2003 01:22 IST

Yesterday, we reported that Delhiites considered the non-availability of jobs to be the biggest issue in these elections. The HT-CSDS Survey also asked voters what they thought was the biggest problem in their areas. Unlike in the question on the biggest election issue, respondents weren’t given a choice of answers.

Thirty-nine per cent — or nearly two out of every five — respondents named the shortage of drinking water as the biggest problem in their areas. Roads and transport was the second most common choice — 14 per cent of voters named it as the biggest problem in their localities. It’s not unlikely that their response was influenced by memories of nightmare roads in this year’s record monsoon.

Thirteen per cent named shortage of power as the biggest problem in their areas. Close behind was cleanliness, with nearly one in eight people saying it troubled them the most. Curiously, despite a crime boom and the spate of rapes in Delhi, only a minuscule 2 per cent said law and order was the biggest problem in their localities.

The shortage of drinking water tops the list of problems for people living in all the seven parliamentary constituencies of Delhi. Going by voter responses, it seems East Delhi, Outer Delhi and Karol Bagh are the most thirsty.

A constituency-wise analysis is enlightening. In as many as 63 out of Delhi’s 70 assembly constituencies — an overwhelming 90 per cent — voters said drinking water is their biggest problem.

Water is the biggest problem for both the rich and poor, though in varying degrees. The people living in the slums are major sufferers.

First Published: Nov 11, 2003 01:18 IST