In an effort to address water woes of Delhi residents and to crack down on the water tanker “mafia” functioning here, the Delhi Jal Board (DJB) on Monday launched an online portal for public monitoring of water tankers. Around 400 Jal Board tankers will be equipped with global positioning system (GPS) so that consumers are able to track tankers operating in their area and know the timing of its arrival.
According to AAP MLA and DJB vice-chairman Kapil Mishra, half of the DJB’s tanker fleet has been equipped with GPS technology. He said the DJB was in the process of upgrading its tankers with water sensors which will enable consumers to get details about the amount of water being carried in the tankers.
“Apart from GPS, water sensors will be able to tell consumers the amount of water the tankers are carrying — whether it is full, empty or partially filled. We are working on some technical details for putting this measure in place,” Mishra said.
On the online portal, Mishra said, “Residents can visit the DJB website, which will provide a link to a page where tankers can be tracked. From tomorrow, 400 tankers will start functioning in areas such as Malviya Nagar and Bawana. The rest of the fleet will also be upgraded in the next 15-20 days.”
There are 407 stainless steel tankers and 400 mild steel ones in the capital.
Currently, a link to “Public monitoring of drinking water tanker” has been provided on the DJB website. Information such as details of a tanker coming to a locality, its present location, the quantity of water being ferried, estimated time of the tanker’s arrival can be accessed on this page.
Residents can also file complaints and check their complaint’s status through the portal.
Other details regarding filling and delivery point locations, tanker trip schedule, details about officials and water emergency centres have also been provided, a DJB official said.
Speaking at the inauguration of the online portal, Deputy Chief Minister and DJB Chairman Manish Sisodia said, “With such use of science and technology for the benefit of the common man, we will be able to weed out the tanker mafia.”