Dust storm: West Delhi residents protest demanding restoration of power, water supply

Hundreds of people in different areas of West Delhi took to the streets on Saturday night demanding immediate restoration of power and water supply, which was snapped due to yesterday`s powerful dust storm.

PTI| Last Updated: Jun 01, 2014, 01:00 AM IST

New Delhi: Hundreds of people in different areas of West Delhi took to the streets on Saturday night demanding immediate restoration of power and water supply, which was snapped due to yesterday`s powerful dust-storm.

Irate residents of Uttam Nagar area of West Delhi said there was neither power nor water supply in the area for the past 29 hours as the connections were snapped since 5 pm yesterday.
"The people of the area are having a harrowing time as power and water services have not been restored. People are having a very difficult time and the authorities are not doing enough to restore the power and water supply. We demand immediate action from the Lt Governor," Congress leader and four time former MLA from Uttam Nagar, Mukesh Sharma said.

People in some areas of Najafgarh also took to the streets shouted slogans and protesting the delay in restoration of power and water supply, which was snapped after the dust storm.

Power and water supply were severely affected in several areas of Delhi after yesterday`s dustorm. Power Department official said "it would take some more time to restore the electricity line in some areas of West Delhi as four major transmission towers were badly damaged."
The outages severely affected operations at various water treatment plants, seriously affecting water supply in the city.

Power supply to areas such as Dwarka and Rohini was restored late in the afternoon.

Sharma, who is also chief spokesperson of Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee said they will take out a public rally tomorrow to protest against the power and water shortage faced by the people in the capital.

"We will chalk out an action plan and present resolutions against AAP and BJP who have betrayed the expectations of the city dwellers," he said.

Scores of policemen and RAF personnel were deployed near Uttam Nagar Metro station, the venue of protest, to prevent any untoward incident.

Sharma who came to the protest site at about 9:30 pm said he would not leave the venue until power and water supply is restored in the area.

In a separate statement issued here this evening, Sharma said the Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee (DPCC) will stage a public agitation on Arya Samaj Road in Uttam Nagar tomorrow demanding uninterrupted power and water supply in the city.

The chief spokesperson of DPCC said in the statement that Congress party workers and Resident Welfare Associations` officials will participate in the agitation.

He said the party will emphasise on the issue of stagnant development work in unauthorised colonies of the city.

The residents of the area noted that shrinking groundwater level at Mohan Garden area and the stoppage of water from Dwarka Command II to Bindapur, have added to their water woes.