MCD complains to NHRC against DJB on dirty water

Municipal Corporation of Delhi has now knocked the doors of the National Human Rights Comission.

New Delhi: Concerned over "inaction" of Delhi
Jal Board in checking supply of contaminated water, the
Municipal Corporation of Delhi has now knocked the doors of
the National Human Rights Comission.

Chairman of the MCD`s Public Health Committee VK Monga
today wrote a letter to the NHRC chairman Mr KG Balakrishnan,
requesting him to fix responsibility in "unchecked
contaminated water supply" by Delhi Jal Board despite repeated
reminders by the civic body.

"Despite our repeated request the DJB has failed to take
any action in checking supply of contaminated water. The
impurities in the water supply is a mixing of sewer water with
drinking water at several places. Consuming such water can
cause health hazards such as gastrological diseases, typhoid,
cholera and jaundice," Monga said.

In the letter, he said, "we have drawn the NHRC`s
attention towards unhealthy drinking water supply by DJB to as
many as half of national capital population. Despite repeated
reminders to Chairperson and CEO of Delhi Jal Board on the
issue, there have been no efforts to monitor and improve the
quality of water in Delhi.

"We have asked the NHRC to fix bureaucratic and
deliberative responsibility as deemed fit and direct DJB to
take all remedial actions to rectify the problems so that
citizens could be protected from health hazards," he said.

"Till September 15, 942 pipe lines passing through drains
have been reported to Delhi Jal Board and only ten have been
corrected so far. Leakages of various magnitudes have been
reported in 95 pipe lines and only eleven have been corrected
till date," Monga`s letter to the NHRC said.

The MCD official said, "Out of the 1,219 tube wells
supplying water to many parts of Delhi, only 629 are
functioning with chlorinators, 105 are without functional
chlorinator and most importantly 485 tube wells do not have
chlorinators at all."

This shows that major section of the city`s population is
receiving potentially hazardous water, he said.

"We also found that 18 to 20 per cent of people in the
city are receiving water which contains harmful bacteria
beyond permissible limits. That report was sent to Chairperson
of Delhi Jal Board on March 25, and till date there has been
no repsonse."

Monga said the Delhi Jal Board could set up its own water
quality control cell of international standards to monitor the
quality of water being supplied to the city.



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