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Water shortage in Delhi as residents queue up before water tankers

Fact News Service

New Delhi, June 6

Following heavy downpour that battered portions of the national capital on Wednesday evening, Delhiites have experienced some respite from the sweltering conditions. Nonetheless, the city continues to struggle with a persistent water crisis. In order to meet their water needs, locals in the Sanjay camp area lined up next to a water tanker on Thursday morning.

Delhi’s water scarcity has badly affected people in several parts of the city, upsetting their everyday routines. To meet their basic necessities, many have been compelled to gather water in cans or plastic containers. Locals said that the lack of water is making many things difficult for them, including cooking.

“Water is not there…It is making a lot of problems, and cooking is a challenge. At 6 am, we form a line for water. The tanker arrives around 7 a.m., 8 a.m., or 8.30 a.m. Occasionally, it never arrives at all. Just one tanker arrives each day,” a local said.

“Water arrives on different days, and even when it does, it smells bad and isn’t suitable for drinking or even cleaning clothes. Water is causing chaos. There is only one bore water supply,” Seerat Sahdev, a resident, remarked.

Political disputes amongst authorities on water supply have surfaced as water shortages have gotten severe. The AAP government petitioned the Supreme Court on May 31, requesting that the Haryana government release more water that Himachal Pradesh had supplied to Delhi.

The Delhi government has appealed that there is an urgent need to address the water crisis exacerbated by severe heatwave conditions.

In contrast, Haryana Chief Minister Nayab Singh Saini has denied that there is any basis to the claims made by the Delhi government’s that Haryana has failed to supply adequate water for drinking.

On May 30, the Delhi government stated that a control room is going be set up to monitor water supply in Delhi in the midst of water crisis.

The residents of Delhi can call on — 1916 — to request water tankers, the Delhi Water Minister Atishi has said.

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