MCD complains to NHRC against DJB on dirty water
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Last Updated: Thursday, September 22, 2011, 21:29
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.


First Published: Thursday, September 22, 2011, 21:29

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