Water scarcity is city’s biggest challenge,must take concrete steps now: Sheila

Calling water scarcity the biggest challenge for the city,Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Monday warned that the situation may worsen in the next five years if concrete steps were not taken.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: August 27, 2013 1:48 am

Calling water scarcity the biggest challenge for the city,Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Monday warned that the situation may worsen in the next five years if concrete steps were not taken.

Speaking at an event organised by Confederation of Indian Industry (CII),Dikshit noted that population of Delhi was increasing significantly and the per capita consumption of water was probably one of the highest in the world. She said the city may have to face great trouble in the next few years if supply of raw water did not go up.

“We will face great trouble in the next five to seven years if we do not address the issue. Scarcity of water is the main challenge facing the city,” Dikshit said.

She said that there was a need to cut consumption of water and urged industry leaders to help government in overcoming the challenge. “We are emphasising on rationalising distribution of water because the per capita consumption of water in Delhi is the highest in the country,probably one of the highest in the world. The per capita consumption is 272 litres of water. This is a kind of wastage,” she said.

Dikshit also identified housing as another challenge facing the city and exhorted the private sector to come up with low-cost housing. “Housing is a major issue. The reason why Delhi has not been able to catch up with other major capital cities of the world is because of lack of housing,which has resulted in mushrooming of unauthorised colonies and slums,” she said.

On her government’s achievement,Dikshit said development works carried out in the last few years have been “visible” and there was no need to explain them. “I do not want to say what is happening in Delhi as you can see for yourself and feel what is happening here,” she said.

Noting that the government has been focusing on strengthening the public transport system,she said it will be further improved. “We have a wonderful airport. We have an efficient Metro network. Public transport is good in Delhi but it needs a lot of improvement. In the next few years,we will try to make public transport more hassle-free,” Dikshit said.

Chief Minister Haryana Bhupinder Singh Hooda also addressed the function. “With industry’s support and investments,we can create many more cities like Gurgaon across the state. To establish Haryana as a manufacturing hub,the state government is focusing on cluster-based manufacturing,” he said.

Dikshit emphasised the importance of integrated development of NCR region,“We are continuously striving to enhance the communication channels from Delhi to other nearby cities like Noida,Gurgaon,Faridabad etc,” she said.

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