Highlighting the water crisis in the Capital, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday appealed to Delhi residents to conserve water. At the state level Republic Day celebration, he said the ground water level is depleting daily and Delhi has to depend on neighbouring states to meet its daily requirement of water.

Kejriwal announced that the Delhi Government has formulated a plan to save water under which Sewer Treatment Plants (STPs) will be installed at different places to treat sewer water and make it available for people to use for gardening, horticulture purposes and other uses.

The government will also ask people to promote rain water harvesting in order to augment ground water levels. This scheme will make Delhi a self- sustaining state for water, the CM said. Meanwhile, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) has rapped the civic bodies for not submitting data on the quality of water supplied to households in the national capital by the Delhi government despite repeated directions

. “It is pointed out that organisations DJB, New Delhi Municipal Council, Delhi Cantonment Board and CGWA were to provide requisite data and that the data has not been collected, collated and analysed so far.

Let CEO of DJB, CEO of Delhi Cantonment Board, Chairman of CGWA and Commissioner of New Delhi Municipal Council remain present before the tribunal on the next date of hearing January 31,” the bench said.

The appalling picture of water supply in the Capital had prompted the tribunal to seek the response of the city government.

The green panel had taken suo motu cognisance of a newspaper report, which had revealed that “stinking and dirty” water was flowing through water supply lines and the borewells were pumping out contaminated water.

Later, it had constituted a committee comprising Secretary (Environment) and representatives from Central Pollution Control Board, Delhi Pollution Control Committee, DJB, Central Pollution Control Board and all municipal corporations and asked them to submit a complete and comprehensive report. “T