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
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