In a big relief to Delhi people, the Delhi government on Monday launched GPS-enabled water tankers for residents. People will now be able to track the movement of tankers sitting at home, without having to move out in the hot sun.

Inaugurating the Public Monitoring of Drinking Water Tanker System, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said, “Earlier tankers used to be diverted to any place without the knowledge of people and the government, but installing the GPS will put an end to the tanker mafia.” He also said that GPS will be installed in all the tankers within one year.

Many areas in the capital, including Deoli , Tughlakabad , Sangam Vihar , Dwarka and Kotla, have been facing water shortage . In the area where there is no piped water supply, the Delhi Jal Board (DJB) supplies water through its fleet of 900 tankers.

Expressing his dissatisfaction over the DJB work, he said that people wanted to see the outcome and not the reason. “Whether you work for a week or a day, it should show results,” he said.

The DJB monitor the movement of about 450 water tankers through the GPS website. Now the same monitoring will be done by consumers and they can track the location of tankers. It will also track the detail of the water they are carrying and the time at which they will arrive.

“During summers people are harassed by the tanker mafia in many colonies of the capital. Every day we receive several complaints regarding tankers. We believe that the GPS will end the crisis faced by residents, especially during summer,” Kapil Mishra, vice- president, DJB, told thestatesman.com.

 “Delhi is the first state in India to connect GPS tanker with consumers,” Mishra said.  

When asked whether he believed that all people in slum area can access the Internet, Mishra said, “I use rickshaw and auto to travel and people are using internet.” Also, when queried on what action will be taken against drivers found guilty, he said, “If drivers are found guilty, then we will take appropriate action according to the law which includes suspension, seizing of tankers etc.”

Citizens can track the location of tankers by logging into the DJB website and click on the option: “Public monitoring of drinking water tanker.”