New Delhi: Despite tall claims made for water harvesting, the count of water reservoirs in national capital is yet to be ascertained. The matter regarding numbers, conditions and way of bettering the reservoirs are subjudiced with the Delhi High Court.

According to the Monitoring Committee constituted by the government and the high court, there are 900 ‘johars’ and water reservoirs. Earlier the figure was 629. However, decision of the court is yet to come up in this context.

If sources are to be believed, around 50 percent of the water reservoirs no longer exist. Around 80 reservoirs are facing encroachments and 228 are on the verge of drying out.

The 170-acre Sanjay Lake in east Delhi was converted into a tourism spot. There were talks for introducing boating here. But, the lake has dried up. Now, the authority is trying to pump water into it instead of converting it into a water reservoir.

This is just the tip of an iceberg. Same is the case with Sthill Bhalswa Lake in west Delhi and another lake in Hauz Khas of south Delhi.

The government is still finding the lake in Mayapuri where preparations are in full- swing to bring housing projects.

Delhi receives around 611 mm of rainfall annually. The government has made arrangements for artificial recharge of the rainwater.
Provisions are also made for having water reservoir system at new fly-overs, government houses and offices, sources said.

Local bodies have made provisions that after the year 2000 every construction will essentially have water harvesting system. But, there has not been tangible development in this context.

JPN/Bureau1