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Dikshit in House: water shortage ‘politicised’ by BJP

A day after taking stock of the water shortage in the city,Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit told the Delhi Assembly today that the water crisis is not as bad as has been made out to be in the last few days.

A day after taking stock of the water shortage in the city,Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit told the Delhi Assembly today that the water crisis is not as bad as has been made out to be in the last few days.

Responding to a discussion initiated by BJP MLAs Sahib Singh Chauhan,O P Babbar and Jai Bhagwan Aggarwal,Dikshit claimed that while there is a shortage of water supply,the whole issue has been ‘politicised’ by the BJP in the Assembly.

The BJP-led Opposition staged a walkout on Monday when Vidhan Sabha speaker Yoganand Shastri refused permission for an urgent discussion on the matter.

According to Dikshit,the current water supply in the city is around 870 MGD. The government is also hoping to get more water from Haryana,UP and the Beas Board by August this year. The CM added that the government is already in the process of resolving its conflict with Haryana over 80 MGD of water that is to be supplied by the state to the Capital.

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The CM added that the Capital receives at least four to five lakh migrants every year,including 12 lakh people who come to work in Delhi every day. “There is no shortage of water so far but we do take responsibility for the lop-sided distribution of water in the Capital. I take it as a challenge and assure you that it will be resolved soon,” she told the House.

While there were complaints from BJP leaders about the quality of water supplied through tubewells,Dikshit said the Delhi Jal Board takes 300 to 400 samples everyday and most of them are found to be suitable for drinking. “There are some leakages reported in the Sonia Vihar plant,which is why there could be complaints about contaminated water,but we are in the process of fixing them,” she said. Dikshit added the government has already initiated the revival of 178 water bodies in the city to develop its own water resources..

First published on: 01-07-2009 at 06:51:24 am
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