Updated: July 13, 2021 12:00:43 pm
The Delhi Police Monday used water cannons to disperse BJP workers protesting in Civil Lines over water shortage in the capital.
Delhi BJP chief Adesh Gupta said water cannons were used on party leaders as well, while they were protesting outside the residence of state Health Minister Satyendar Jain. “Despite tall promises by the government of tap water in every household, almost every area in Delhi is facing water scarcity. And for areas that are getting water supply, there are constant complaints about the quality of water supplied,” he said.
Delhi BJP media department head Naveen Kumar said police used water cannons and lathis on the protesters and the mobile phones of many party workers were damaged. He alleged that “tanker mafias” had been allowed to flourish, forcing people to depend on water tankers for their daily needs.
According to a senior police officer: “There were around 300 to 400 protesters. Barricades were placed near Raj Niwas to stop them. Around 10 protesters, led by president of Bhartiya Janata Yuva Morcha’s Vasu Rukhar, were detained and released. No one sustained injuries.”
Leader of the Opposition in the Delhi Assembly, BJP’s Ramvir Singh Bidhuri alleged that the AAP government came to power with promises of water subsidy, but in reality, people were paying more either by buying water or paying medical bills due to poor quality of water.
The Delhi government has, meanwhile, blamed neighbouring Haryana for the water shortage.
Delhi Jal Board vice-chairman Raghav Chadha has alleged that the Haryana government reduced water supply to Delhi causing the crisis. “Haryana is releasing 120 million gallons per day (MGD) less than usual. Due to this, production of more than 100 MGD of water has been affected. The water supply from Yamuna river to three water treatment plants (WTPs) has dipped. The three WTPs that receive water from Haryana used to produce 245 MGD of water, but are now producing only 154 MGD,” he said.
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