Delhi: No water, no power, no chief minister
The acute scarcity of water in the national capital has left its citizens parched. Taps are running dry and people of Delhi are suffering due to Chief Minister Kejriwal's dharna politics, his trip to Bangalore and a prolonged legal dispute between Delhi and Haryana.
We took a stock of Rohtash Nagar, one of the many worst-hit areas in Delhi where residents are not only staring at an acute water crisis but are also dealing with power cuts for as long as ten hours.
Ahead of the summer, Rohtash Nagar residents see the same story play out every year. They said that there has been water scarcity in their area ever since the Aam Aadmi Party came to power.
Unlike some other areas, Rohtash Nagar residents don't even get any Jal Board tankers or have any borewells to survive on.
To meet basic needs, Amit Sharma, URD Convenor (East Delhi) claimed that they are forced to purchase water for Rs 30 per canister which earlier used to cost only Rs 20.
Chanchal Sharma, another resident of the colony claimed that life has been very difficult as her house hasn't received enough water for months, now. "It's the same story year after year. We have to run around asking for water, buying it, saving it. The water isn't even clean and fit for drinking."
To make things worse in this scorching heat, the power goes off, people said, as soon as it's time for the water to be supplied. Consequently, when there's no electricity, there's no motor and when there's no motor, people can't pull water as the pressure isn't much.
Residents further claimed that never had the MLA of the area, Sarita Singh ever come to talk to people about their problems.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, who left for Bengaluru on Thursday to undergo naturopathy treatment for high blood sugar, chaired a meeting of the Delhi Jal Board before leaving the Capital. Kejriwal had fallen ill after his 9-day sit-in protest at the LG House.
Arvind Kejriwal ended his 'dharna' in the office of the Lieutenant Governor on Tuesday.
Kejriwal came under fire from BJP leaders who claimed that the chief minister had chosen an inopportune time to protest.
Leader of Opposition Vijender Gupta told us that Delhi has been receiving more water from Haryana than it used to earlier.
"The problem is distribution. The government has adequate water and electricity. If the people could receive only 80 per cent of what the government has, there wouldn't be any crisis at all," Gupta said.
Amid the political slugfest and the blame game, Delhi continues to be the biggest loser. The need of the hour is for the Delhi government to come up with effective solutions to beat the summer water-power scarcity.