Water contamination: NHRC issues notice to DJB
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Last Updated: Tuesday, August 02, 2011, 14:38
New Delhi: Concerned over reports that contaminated water is being supplied in the capital, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Tuesday asked Delhi Jal Board (DJB) to explain what measures are being taken for supplying potable water.

Taking cognisance of reports about a survey by MCD and DJB that 67 major water pipelines had micro cracks and were being contaminated by sewage, the Commission asked DJB Chairman to submit a report within four weeks.

The Commission has also directed the Chairman, DJB to report as to what measures have been taken by it for supply of potable water to the residents of Delhi, an NHRC spokesperson said.

According to the reports, the survey revealed that out of the 200 areas examined, 67 major water pipelines had micro cracks and were being contaminated by sewage as the lines cross each other. The survey also pointed out that the pipelines are quite old and some are as old as 100 years like those in Chandni Chowk and have rusted, leading to major leakages.

"The Commission is deeply concerned with the hazards posed to the citizens of Delhi due to supply of contaminated water. The Commission observed that the contents of the report, if true, amounts to serious violation of right to health of the people of Delhi," the spokesperson said.

Ramesh Negi, DJB CEO, yesterday admitted that there was water contamination in certain areas and sought "dedicated utility corridors" to deal with the problem.

"We do not deny this fact and to deal with this problem, the city needs dedicated utility corridors," he said asking people not to panic as any knee-jerk reaction would only benefit private mineral water selling companies.


First Published: Tuesday, August 02, 2011, 14:38

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