New Delhi: Supply of water improved in north and west Delhi as four treatment plants started functioning at full capacity today even as residents of south and central Delhi continued to face shortage in the wake of the Jat quota agitation which had hit the supply mechanism.
The supply of water may be affected for the next two weeks in the national capital as it will take at least 15 days to repair damaged Carrier Lined Channel in Munak canal, according to Delhi Jal Board (DJB).
Several areas of Dwarka, Rohini and parts of north-west Delhi have not received water yet. According to DJB, water treatment plants at Haiderpur, Bawana, Nangloi and Chandrawal were functioning at their 100 per cent capacity, while Wazirabad and Okhla plants were operating at limited capacity. Only the Dwarka plant was non-functional.
“This is a relief to north and west Delhi. Tankers that were plying in these areas have now been reallocated. More tankers have been diverted from west Delhi to Dwarka and Janakpuri. There is still limited supply in central and some parts of north Delhi,” said a senior government official.
The official said Bindapur, Karala, Janakpuri and Dwarka were still facing maximum shortage. DJB will get water and tankers there in next two shifts.
“Water in areas with narrow roads is being provided by DJB through rickshaws after placing trailer on nearest wide road. DJB will cater to Vikaspuri, Uttam and Subhash Nagar, Mahavir Enclave, Sitapuri, Lajwanti Garden,Naraina, Inderpuri also by next two tanker rounds,” the official said.
In west Delhi, water availability was much less than the requirement because of the damage to Carrier Lined Channel. Water supply has been severely hit in many parts of west, north, south-west, central and New Delhi areas after agitators damaged Munak Canal in Haryana.
Delhi Water Minister Kapil Mishra had yesterday visited Munak Canal which was damaged during the Jat stir in Haryana and held a meeting with officials of the neighbouring state. Mishra had written separately to the Union Home and Defence Ministers urging them to deploy army engineers to repair Munak Canal at the earliest so that water supply could be restored to Delhi. A team of DJB engineers had also been sent to Haryana to assess the damage to the canal and assist in the repair work.