The leader of opposition in Delhi Assembly Vijender Gupta will raise the issue of water shortage when the House convenes on Monday.
“The opposition will raise the issue of government’s apathetic approach towards acute water scarcity in the Assembly session,” said Gupta on Sunday.
He cautioned the Delhi government against turning a deaf ear to the plight of the citizens regarding water crisis.
Gupta stated that a comprehensive plan to tackle the problem in the coming summer or a roadmap to increase water supply should have been in place by now. However, a “negligent government” in the Capital has been acting as a mute spectator to the growing predicament.
Gupta said, “on one hand a serious water deficit is causing hardships while on the other, due to supply of polluted water, people are getting afflicted with water-borne diseases such as jaundice and cholera. It is deplorable that at many places supply of drinking water is getting contaminated with sewage water.”
He further said that the tragic death of a senior citizen during an altercation due to water shortage in Wazirpur had failed to awaken the government from its slumber.
He also pointed out that the scheme launched in March 2016 in which it was promised that more than one dozen colonies will be provided 24 hours water supply on a pilot project basis, has been put in a cold storage, even though Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal is serving as the chairman of Delhi Jal Board.
Listing out issues concerning water, Gupta has said that a water treatment plant had become defunct due to malfunctioning and half of the water supplied through pipelines was getting diverted or lost due to leakage in old pipelines. He demanded that the Delhi Government issue a white paper on water shortage in Delhi at the earliest and take steps to provide relief to the people crying out for clean water, which is a right of every citizen.