New Delhi: With Delhi’s population increasing rapidly, the water demand in the already water-scarce city is expected to exceed 1,455 million gallons per day (MGD) by 2041. It has been said in a report. A severe water shortage is affecting residents of several areas of the national capital. In a video shared by news agency ANI, some persons, including young girls, can be seen running behind a water tank to collect water. Many of them are also seen climbing onto the water tanker, while others wait for their turn at the Vivekananda Camp in Delhi’s Chanakyapuri area.
Water Scarcity in Delhi
Unlike many elite areas of the national capital, these slum areas lack Cauvery water connections, forcing residents to rely entirely on borewell or tanker water. People living in a flat need at least four tanks of water for a day, which puts pressure on their economic condition. This is the reason why in the video people can be seen forming long queues to get water from the tankers supplied by the government. The need for water has also forced these people to ignore the norms and guidelines related to corona. It can also be seen in the video that people do not care about social distancing and also, none of them was wearing masks.
Residents said, “The (NDMC) water tanker comes twice a day but there is no fixed timing. We have to wait for hours and sometimes even give up work.”
Sheela, a resident of Vivekananda Camp in Chanakyapuri, said, “Sometimes we do not get to know about the arrival of a water tanker by the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) because we live inside. So we wait here on the road. Even a 5-minute delay can force us to return home empty-handed.”
Please note that this is not a one-time incident. There is a constant shortage of water in the slums. In recent times, similar pictures have come to the fore from many parts of Delhi. According to news agency ANI, Chilla village in the national capital Delhi gets water for ‘filling’ only once every four days due to the lockdown imposed in the wake of coronavirus outbreak. A large number of people form long queues to collect drinking water from the trucks of Delhi Jal Board (DJB) in the East Delhi area.