New Delhi: Water water everywhere but not a single drop to drink. The Delhiites’ water woes are not going to solve easily with people raising several questions about the acute water shortage in the national capital in the scorching heat.

It seems that the authorities concerned have been a mute spectator to the water woes of the people, who are in a double jeopardy. Firstly, to face the scorching heat and secondly the acute shortage of water.

Is the Delhi Jal Board (DJB), who is the sole authority in handling the water problems of the Delhiites, providing false figures regarding water supply in the city? Is an underlying corruption the reason behind the acute water scarcity? Is the DJB spending crores of the exchequer’s money on the water pipeline in the name of false leakage? These are some of the unanswered questions which need to be addressed by the DJB immediately.

The Water Leakage Detection and Investigation Department of the Jal Board have sent a report to the Board Chairman and Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit.

According to the report, as per the standards fixed by the Central Public Health and Environmental Engineering Organisation (CPHEEO) under the Union Rural Development Ministry, the total population of Delhi needs 480 MJD of water for their daily needs. 1 MJD is equal to 45 lakh litres of water
The DJB claims to be providing 840 MJD of water as compared to the demand of 950 MJD.

According to the report available with Dainik Jagran prepared by the Executive Engineer of the Water Leakage Detection and Investigation Department and Department Chief OP Gaur, the Jal Board is supplying 360 MJD of water more than the requirement.

Gaur has challenged a joint investigation in the report. The report says that if the DJB’s claim of supplying 840 MJD of water to Delhi is true, the Delhiites can avail 24 hours-supply of water per day.

Gaur said that he has written numerous times to the Board but no action was taken by the higher officials to prevent the loss. A copy of the report has been sent to Delhi CM Sheila Dikshit, President, Prime Minister Delhi Governor and many other officials.


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