Dikshit pitches for reforms in water sector on lines of power

Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Friday said reforms on the lines of power sector can be brought in the city`s water distribution system too, but only after a consensus is reached on the issue.

Last Updated: Mar 18, 2011, 20:54 PM IST

New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Sheila
Dikshit on Friday said reforms on the lines of power sector can be
brought in the city`s water distribution system too, but only
after a consensus is reached on the issue.

Answering a question in the Delhi Assembly about water
supply problems, Dikshit said the water sector can also be
revolutionised in the way reforms have been implemented in
power distribution in the city.
The Delhi government had privatised the distribution of
electricity in the city several years ago.

The Chief Minister said reforms can be brought in only
after consensus on the issue.

She also said a presentation on the issue of water sector
reforms will be made in collaboration with Japan International
Cooperation Agency (JICA) and will be shown to all MLAs in
around the month of May.

Last year, the government had initiated reform in water
billing and installation of meter and had involved IT major
Tata Consultancy Services in these two key areas.

The government had introduced electronic system of
billing to plug the loopholes and help Delhi Jal Board in
enhancing its revenue.

Officials had earlier said in the next stage, the
government may hand over maintenance of the water distribution
network to private entities from the Delhi Jal Board.

The average demand of potable water in the city is
around 1,100 mgd (million gallon per day) and currently DJB
supplies around 800 mgd water.
To another query on water harvesting in the city, the
Chief Minister said the Delhi Jal Board gives financial aid to
residents welfare associations, group housing societies, NGOs,
religious organisations, among others, for installing
rainwater harvest systems.

"The DJB provides 50 per cent of the expenditure for
water harvesting system or assistance of Rs one lakh,
whichever is less," she said.

Dikshit said since the opening of the water harvesting
cell at the DJB in 2002, Rs 75.65 lakh has been spent to
extend financial aid under this scheme.

She said the government has made rainwater harvesting
mandatory in all new buildings with a roof area of more than
100 sq m and the MCD should not give no-objection certificates
to buildings if this condition is not complied with.

Meanwhile, to a question by Leader of Opposition V K
Malhotra about Commonwealth Games expenditure by Delhi
government and the CVC and CAG report on the issue, Dikshit
said the Central Vigilance Commission had posed some queries,
which have been answered. A detailed reply can be given only
after the final report of CVC comes on the matter, she added.

PTI