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Rains won’t affect preparations for CWG: Dikshit

With the monsoon approaching Delhi, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit Monday dismissed apprehensions that rains might affect the preparations for the Commonwealth Games in the city.



New Delhi: With the monsoon approaching
Delhi, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit Monday dismissed
apprehensions that rains might affect the preparations for the
Commonwealth Games in the city.

She also asserted that the capital will not face water or
power shortage during the mega sporting event.

Dikshit was talking to the media on the sidelines of a
conference on Cost-effective Sustainable Sanitation organised
by NGO Plan India and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)
Institute along with UNICEF and Rural Development Ministry.

"No, no. We are aware of the fact that there will be
rains. But we have done a lot of work already and we will take
up all the relevant issues. Fortunately, rains in Delhi do not
come for more than a day or so," she said to a query on whether
rains will hit the Games-related infrastructure works.

Asked about water and power supply during the Games, she
said, "There will be no shortage. During three months of
unprecedented heat, with mercury always hovering around 40
degrees, we have managed it, we will manage it then also."

Earlier, delivering the keynote address at the meet,
Dikshit said to combat the problem of waste removal in big
cities like Delhi, there was need to adopt the principle of
"use, re-use and recycle".

She referred to a project launched by her government
recently to produce power from waste as well as the Yamuna
interceptor scheme under which sludge removal will be
undertaken to make the river water cleaner.

Dikshit also said while the job of the municipalities is
to ensure that cities remain clean, educating the people about
changing their "habit" is also a key factor.

"If people do not throw garbage on the streets, that will
definitely help. There should be community participation in
keeping the city clean. While the poor lack access to
sanitation, in big cities the creator of majority of garbage
is the rich people," she said.

The Chief Minister also said there was need to cleanse
rivers which suffer water pollution due to industrialisation.

UNICEF deputy country director Lizette Burgers noted that
840 million children in the world lack access to sanitation
and dwelt on how problems like open defecation leads to
diseases like diarrhoea as well as malnutrition among
children.

"In India, 3.86 lakh children die of diarrhoea every year
but this goes unnoticed," she said. While India has made huge
progress in the field, it still faces stiff challenges in
meeting millennium development goal of halving the number of
people with no access to sanitation by 2015, Burgers said.

Plan India executive director Bhagyashri Dengle, National
Disaster Management Authority member Lt Gen J R Bhardwaj and
Joint Secretary in Water Supply Department T M Vijaya Bhaskar
addressed the conference in which 300 delegates will discuss
sustainable and cost-effective sanitation solutions.

PTI

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