Its president, Adesh Gupta, leader of Opposition in assembly Ramvir Singh Bidhuri and East Delhi MP Gautam Gambhir blamed the AAP government for the water crisis. “The Kejriwal government claims to have laid pipelines in 93% of the colonies, but where are the pipelines and why doesn’t water come in them?” asked Gupta.
Before 2014, when most of the colonies had no supply pipeline under the Congress government, Rs 1,109 crore used to be spent on water tankers, Gupta said. “But despite chief minister Arvind Kejriwal claiming that 93% of the colonies have pipelines, Rs 1,783 crore is being spent on water tankers. It is quite surprising,” he said, adding that people still have to stand in long queues to fetch a bucket or two of water.
Areas like Tughlaqabad, Anand Parbat, Mandawali, Burari and Shakti Nagar even now do not have water supply, he claimed, accusing Kejriwal of not paying attention to the water crisis.
“In 2019, a survey said that of 21 cities in India, the quality of water is the worst in Delhi,” he said. “The situation will further worsen. Why Delhiites are being compelled to drink this contaminated water?”
Bidhuri claimed that in the past six years, Delhi government had given Rs 47,000 crore to Delhi Jal Board for providing clean water but even now over 40% of Delhi didn’t get filtered water. “DJB has not been able to meet the quantity of water required for Delhi. Not a single new water treatment plant has come up during Kejriwal’s tenure and even his assurance about making underground reservoir near the Yamuna is just on paper,” Bidhuri claimed.
Kejriwal’s July 2019 promise of constructing off-river reservoirs on a 20km stretch between Palla and Wazirabad along the Yamuna for recharging groundwater is also yet to be implemented, he alleged.
Gambhir said, “A year ago, the country’s biggest water filter was to be installed in Ghazipur area, which could have helped 50,000 people get a litre of water for just 20 paise. Home delivery would have been available at 50 paise per litre. But the proposal is still lying with DJB.”
Despite repeated attempts, AAP didn’t comment.