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Showers a relief, water crisis a dampener

Water scarcity in the city is not confined to low-profile areas any more. Even the colonies in the heart of Delhi are now thirsting for water. Pressurised by the residents, the office bearers of residents’ welfare associations [RWAs] are running from pillar-to-post for normal supply of water in their areas but are getting only assurances in return.

‘The pressure of water is very low in our area, so it does not reach even the first floor. We have been demanding increase in water level in the underground tank, from six to nine feet, but all in vain. Further, NDMC is supply water from this tank to Gandhi Sadan and Andh Vidhyalaya, which has worsened the problem,’ said Deepak Kumar Gaur, President of RWA, Double Storey Quarters, R K Ashram Marg.

The water to this colony is supplied by Mandir Marg Booster Pump, which was meant exclusively for 750 flats of the this area. The water supply to this area comes only half an hour in the morning and evening. ‘We have to depend on water tanks often,’ added Gaur.

Residents of Sector IV, Bangla Saheb Road are facing even worse situation. The water supplied in their area is saline, so they can’t consume it directly. ‘I have been raising the issue with NDMC officials and also in the Bhagidari meetings but no action has been taken so far,’ said D S Gosai, president of CGERWA, Sector IV. ‘The house-hold electric equipment such as refrigerators and water purifier get damaged due to salty water, and a lot of water is wasted in purification process,’ added Desai. The purifier, he claimed, gives one litre potable water for three litres of water put into it. Desai is planning to raise the issue  in the upcoming Bhagidari meeting, scheduled for 26 June.

The situation is also same in Kalibari Marg area, where residents receive water supply for only 20-30 minutes in the early morning and evening. ‘The authorities had installed three hand pumps in the area but they all are dried up and we have to depend on water tankers,’ said Vishal Sahani.

Water crisis is not only limited to residential areas but markets as well. ‘We have to purchase water from private water suppliers. The water supply comes in early morning, that too just for half an hour,’ said Sanjeev Mehra, President of Khan Market Association.

‘The government should open an outlet of packaged water, produced by Delhi Jal Board [DJB],’ he said. The traders are forced to purchase Rs 70 jars from private companies.

Meanwhile, Delhiites got some relief from searing heat as summer showers brought down the mercury in the national Capital. The citizens could expect some light rains tomorrow too.

The skies opened up in the afternoon and the rain gauges measured 12 mm of showers till 5:30 pm, the MeT Department said.

The maximum temperature was recorded at 40.8 degree Celsius, one degree above normal and down from yesterday’s 41.9 degrees while the minimum was 29.5 degrees, up from the previous day’s 29 degrees and two degrees above normal.

Though the day temperature was on the decline compared to yesterday, humidity was on a higher side, resulting in more discomfort to citizens.

The humidity oscillated between 33 per cent and 56 per cent. According to the Weatherman, tomorrow will be a partly cloudy day with thundery developments and very little rain in some areas.

The temperature could be between 30 and 41 degree Celsius.
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