Some relief, water supply partially restored

Delhiites got some relief from water crisis on Tuesday as partial supply was restored in areas like North and West which were reeling from acute water shortage since last three days.

Water has started to flow from Haryana and the capital received 120 MGD water till Tuesday evening, due to which the government was successfully able to start the functioning of its seven plants either in full or partial capacity which were shut due to Jat agitation in the neighbouring state. 

With this development, the government said that morning supply will be restored in areas like Rohini, Paschim Vihar, and some pockets of West Delhi, and that more tankers will be diverted from areas where piped water can be supplied to areas like Dwarka.

However, in the western part of Delhi, water availability is much less than the desired level because of the damage to the Carrier Lined Channel.

The government had already started the operations of Wazirabad, Chandrawal and Okhla plants on Monday evening due to which parts of North, Central, and West Delhi received water supply on Tuesday morning.

As repair work at the canal, which has been damaged at various locations, is still on, Haryana has been able to release only 120 MGD of water, a far cry from the required 580 MGD. Hence water scarcity is likely to persist for few more days. 

Water Minister Kapil Mishra led a delegation of Delhi Jal Board (DJB) to Munak Canal for site assessment, fast-track repair work, and for technical repair feasibility, a statement by the Delhi government said.

“Two large earth-moving equipment called ‘poclain’ and excavators provided by DJB to Haryana government,” it said.

On Tuesday, DJB water tankers had made 1,205 trips by 1 pm in West Delhi where some pockets have still received water.

“There is very low pendency of complaints on the DJB helpline and the officials are working overtime to ensure timely disposal of water complaints,” an official said.

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