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Mukhi claims water distribution not equitable in Delhi

Written by: Staff

New Delhi, Apr 25 (UNI) Leader of Opposition in the Delhi Assembly Jagdish Mukhi today criticised the Sheila Dikshit government for its ''failure'' to resolve the water crisis in the capital and claimed that water distribution was not equitable.

Mr Mukhi said Delhi required 900 million gallons per day (MGD) water to meet its demand but only 650 MGD was available, due to which one-third population was deprived of drinking water.

''In some areas the Delhi Jal Board (DJB) is distributing about 60 to 70 gallons of water per person whereas in other placesit is only 10 gallons,'' he claimed.

He alleged in some places polluted water is being supplied to people and the DJB officials are not available to attend to the complaints.

''The Sonia Vihar Treatment Plant, constructed at a whooping Rs 900 crore, had become a white elephant as there was no pre-agreement with the UP government for supply of water,'' he said ''All the problems have arisen out of the non-farsightedness of the Chief Minister who is fooling Delhittes for the past one and a half years by saying that UP is going to release the water,'' he added.

He claimed the Chief Minister and the DJB chairperson wanted to privatise the Board.

Mr Mukhi urged the government to didtribute the available water ''properly'' among the people.


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