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Supply erratic,residents change routine,run up hefty tanker bills

Reeling under acute shortage of water,the residents of Delhi have been forced to change their daily routine to deal with the crisis,especially the erratic supply.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: June 14, 2012 1:32:50 am

Reeling under acute shortage of water,the residents of Delhi have been forced to change their daily routine to deal with the crisis,especially the erratic supply.

Until recently,Rakesh Aggrawal’s house in D-block,East of Kailash,used to get water regularly from 3.30 am to 5.30 am every day. “Now,there is no fixed time for water supply. The Delhi Jal Board tankers rarely come to our rescue. We have to depend on private companies who charge as much as Rs 3,500 per tanker. They are taking advantage of situation,hiking the price from the Rs 2,000 that they used to charge earlier,” he said.

Sandeep Singh’s family at Hemkunt Colony has been going through a similar ordeal. These days,water trickles in for just 20 minutes,whereas it used to be 40 minutes in the morning and evening when supply was normal,he said.

For an elderly social worker like Usha Chhabra,who stays alone in Lajpat Nagar,even water tankers were of no help because her flat is on the first floor. “Because there is no water for cooking,I have to depend on my neighbour for food or I visit my daughter,” the 80-year-old said.

Another resident of Lajpat Nagar-3,Anita Garg,has been facing similar problems. “How much water can we carry from the tankers to our second floor house? We end up using mineral water bottles for daily use,” she said.

The situation is not very different in the residential colonies in Dwarka. Shanta Sreedharan,a resident of Sector-6,Dwarka,said,“An extra-charge of Rs 1,450 per member has been added to the monthly maintenance fee that is to be paid to the managing committee because private tankers are being employed daily to overcome the shortage of water.”

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