With the rapid growth in Delhi’s population, demand for water has also increased. A serious water deficit has affected residents in numerous regions of the national capital. The issue had started after March 22, when roughly 3,639 Delhi Jal Board personnel started working from home.
The slum dwellers lack verified and systematic water connections, leaving residents fully dependant on borewells or tankers for water. Residents of Chanakyapuri and Chilla village struggled hard to procure water.
“There is an acute problem of water here. Water tanker comes at any time, no time table followed. I am not able to feed my children. A whole day goes by just waiting for the tanker. I am not able to do my household chores, cooking. Water is necessary,” said Sonam, a resident who lives in the Vivekananda camp in Chanakyapuri, Delhi.
Delhi households suffered due to the subsequent lockdowns since they did not have adequate access to pipeline water that comes via government water trucks. Private tanker supplies also came to a standstill as a result of the lockdown.
Delhi Governor, Anil Baijal has sought detailed reports from the New Delhi Municipal Corporation and Delhi’s Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, who also heads Delhi Jal Board.
However, this isn’t a one-time occurrence. In 2019, the national capital faced a water crisis due to an extreme heatwave and depletion of groundwater levels.