Water contamination: NHRC issues notice to DJB

Last Updated: Tuesday, August 2, 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.

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, August 2, 2011 - 14:38

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