DDA`s water supply reservoir worth Rs 1-cr housing pigs!
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Last Updated: Wednesday, February 17, 2010, 18:44
New Delhi: The DDA spent nearly Rs one crore for setting up a much-needed water supply system at an "authorised" colony here but during a Delhi Jal Board survey it was found that water reservoir was housing "pigs and cattle" instead of necessary equipment and pipelines.

This curious case came to light as Information Commissioner Shailesh Gandhi was hearing an appeal of Jawahar Singh of Bindapur Pocket-4 area, close to posh Dwarka sub-city, who failed to get details of funds allocated for water supply in his area from Delhi government through RTI.

During the hearing, which was attended by 15 senior officials of Delhi Government, startling details pertaining to water supply funds for the area came to the fore.

"A discussion with about 15 officers of Delhi Government indicates that DDA appears to have spent about Rs one crore for laying a system of pipes and underground reservoir. DJB claims that when the joint inspection was done it was found that the reservoir had no pipes or equipment for pumping and it was housing pigs and cattle," Gandhi observed in his order.

The DJB officials told the Commission that there was no system in place so that water supply of Bindapur Pocket-4 can be ensured and "it is not known what happened to the money spent".

It also came to the light during the hearing that the officials were finding it difficult to supply water to this "authorised" colony but were supplying it with ease in the nearby unauthorised colonies.

"It is apparent that Delhi Government is incapable of supplying water which is a basic function which the Government has to fulfil. Inspite of two Chief Secretaries loftily committing that water has to be supplied to this colony, there is no urgency or will to ensure that water is supplied to this colony," Gandhi said in his order.

In a stern order, the CIC accepted that it was not in its domain to take action on the matter but it said a copy of the order would be sent to Chief Minister.

"This despicable pushing the blame within the Government can continue for decades without fulfilment of a simple promise made to this colony. This Commission has no authority in this matter but will send a copy of this decision to the Chief Minister of Delhi in the hope that a promise made by the Government to Bindapur Colony, Pocket-4 can be fulfilled," he said.


First Published: Wednesday, February 17, 2010, 18:44

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