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WATCH VIDEO | Delhi faces severe water crisis, people wait in long queues to collect water

Delhi's situation has become increasingly dire, with the city's water supply falling significantly short of demand

Written by  Shefali Kohli -- June 03rd 2024 12:23 PM
WATCH VIDEO | Delhi faces severe water crisis, people wait in long queues to collect water

WATCH VIDEO | Delhi faces severe water crisis, people wait in long queues to collect water

Delhi water crisis | Delhi is currently grappling with a severe water crisis, leaving residents in many parts of the city waiting in long queues to collect water. The situation has become increasingly dire, with the city's water supply falling significantly short of demand.

Numerous neighbourhoods are experiencing acute water shortages, forcing people to line up for hours at water distribution points. Residents have reported long waiting times and frequent disputes at collection points.


  

Many have to wake up early in the morning or stay up late at night to secure water for their daily needs. 

In Chilla Gaon, located in Mayur Vihar Phase 1, residents are seen standing in long lines amidst the ongoing water crisis, with water being distributed via tankers.

Similarly, in Chanakyapuri, people are collecting water in buckets and plastic canisters for their daily needs, also relying on tanker deliveries.

Shabbo Khatoon highlighted the necessity of water for cooking and drinking, saying, "I filled water, but I didn't get much. With the summer heat, water usage has increased. I also have small children in my family, so the demand is higher..."

Addressing Delhi's water crisis, Water Minister Atishi stated, "The heatwave has increased water demand while the water level in the Yamuna has decreased. Last year, the Wazirabad pond had 674.5 ft of water... Despite numerous requests, only 671 ft of water has been released... All water treatment plants are impacted by low water levels at the Wazirabad barrage... We've requested the Haryana and UP governments to release more water."

On May 31, the Delhi government approached the Supreme Court for immediate more water from neighboring Haryana.

The Delhi government underlined urgency in its request, citing an urgent water deficit compounded by high heat conditions in North India, particularly Delhi.

The plea requested, "Direct Respondent no. 1 (Haryana) to immediately and continuously release water at the Wazirabad barrage."

In response to the water crisis, the Delhi administration announced on May 30 the creation of a central control room to manage water supplies throughout the metropolis.

Furthermore, the Delhi government has accused the Haryana government of refusing to share Delhi's water despite several conversations. The government has warned that if the situation does not improve within 1-2 days, it will take the matter to the Supreme Court.


- With inputs from agencies

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