Sixty per cent of water supply in Delhi has been cut with the shutting down of seven water treatment plants — Wazirabad, Chandrawal, Dwarka, Okhla, Haiderpur, Nangloi and Bawana — which provide around 500 million gallons daily (MGD).
“Delhi is facing an unprecedented water crisis. Water will be supplied to north, west and central Delhi through tankers. These areas will not receive piped water supply. There will only be enough water for drinking purposes,” said DJB Chairperson Kapil Mishra.
Unlike the two WTPs, Sonia Vihar and Bhagirath, which get water from the Upper Ganga channel, the others receive water from Haryana, primarily through the Munak Canal.
“Since Sunday evening, there has been no water in these parts. We have completely run out of sources through which we can provide piped water,” he added.
To tackle the situation, a contingency plan involving water supply through tankers was drawn up in a review meeting held by the DJB Sunday evening.
Elaborating on the emergency measures, Mishra said 14 new filling stations for water tankers have been identified. “On Monday between 3.30 and 5 am, around 423 tankers will be filled which will go to 423 areas in west Delhi. They will come back to the filling stations and head to other areas. Similarly, 140 areas in north and central Delhi have been identified where tankers will go between 6.30 and 7 am. Tankers will make numerous trips throughout the day to the affected areas on a rotational basis,” said Mishra.
Officials also said they have spoken to police to ensure these water tankers are treated as emergency vehicles. Meanwhile, a control room has been set up at the DJB headquarters in Jhandewalan, next to the call centre, where movement of tankers is being monitored and complaints from residents regarding water shortage being received.