Ensure water supply in areas of Rohini: HC to Delhi govt

Last Updated: Saturday, February 2, 2013 - 15:41

New Delhi: The city government has been directed by the Delhi High Court to ensure adequate water supply in some parts of Rohini in North West Delhi.

A bench of Chief Justice D Murugesan and Justice VK Jain directed the top officials of Delhi government, DDA and Delhi Jal Board to convene a meeting within four weeks and find out the deficiencies with regard to water supply in Sectors 20 to 25 of Rohini Residential Scheme.

"The Chief Secretary, Delhi shall hold a meeting with Vice-Chairman of Delhi Development Authority (DDA) and CEO of Delhi Jal Board (DJB) and shall identify within four weeks the deficiencies, if any, in the water infrastructures provided by DDA. Such deficiencies, if any, shall be removed by DDA within such time as Chief Secretary may stipulate in this regard.”

"On removal of deficiencies, if any, the water facilities in these areas shall forthwith be taken over by Delhi Jal Board which shall ensure adequate supply of drinking water to the residents, treating them at par with other colonies where water supply is being provided by Delhi Jal Board," the bench said on January 31.

The court passed the order while hearing a resident`s plea that due to lack of water supply, people have to procure water from private vendors or from DDA through water tankers.

The Chief Secretary was also directed to decide, after consulting DJB and DDA, the number of water tanks having pumping facilities required to be engaged for meeting the needs of the residents of these colonies till DJB takes over the facilities.

The court also said, "Though the tanks for supply of water to the residents will be engaged by DJB, the expenditure incurred in this connection shall be borne by DDA."

The petition was filed by one Devender Solanki, who alleged that Rohini Residential Scheme was developed by DDA and DJB has failed to provide water to the area.
According to the petitioner, "The residents of these areas, besides paying water bills to DDA, are also incurring monthly expenditure of about Rs 1,000 on obtaining water from private sources and the supply of water by DDA through tankers is erratic, besides being inconvenient since water has to be carried by bucket through staircase."

He also sought directions to authorities concerned to provide adequate regular water supply both in the morning and evening hours, with proper water pressure.

The petition also sought a direction to arrange for adequate number of water tankers with pumping arrangement till complete infrastructure for regular water supply is in place.

PTI

According to the petitioner, "The residents of these areas, besides paying water bills to DDA, are also incurring monthly expenditure of about Rs 1,000 on obtaining water from private sources and the supply of water by DDA through tankers is erratic, besides being inconvenient since water has to be carried by bucket through staircase."

He also sought directions to authorities concerned to provide adequate regular water supply both in the morning and evening hours, with proper water pressure.

The petition also sought a direction to arrange for adequate number of water tankers with pumping arrangement till complete infrastructure for regular water supply is in place.

PTI



First Published: Saturday, February 2, 2013 - 15:40

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