New Delhi: As Delhi faces a severe water shortage, the opposition BJP is making it a major political issue. And an exasperated Chief Minister is groping for answers. Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit said, "There is shortage of water in some areas. Secretary, Water Resources, Chief Secretary, Delhi and Chief Secretary, Haryana are looking into the problem. There is no point in blame game."
The fact that her own partyman and Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda has flatly refused help is a worry. Delhiites say the problem is worse than previous years.
Bite Kamal Mohini Singh - We have no choice but to depend on water tankers, things have been really bad since the last one week or so
In Sant Nagar area, the residents complain of odd timings. The colony gets first supply of the day at 3 am in the morning. But in unauthorised colonies like Maidan Garhi, with no pipeline connections, women have to wait for hours and sometimes days for water tankers to show up.
One of the affected residents Ujjwala Devi said, "It is very difficult. Sometimes there is no water, even to bathe, for more than three days."
The Delhi government has deployed approximately 1000 water tankers around the city, but in pockets like these there are just too many takers and not enough water.
Dikshit has directed her officials to make sure that all parts of the city get an equal supply of water but its areas like these which pose the biggest challenge.
People here say they are totally dependent on water tankers and this is not the first time that there is a water shortage - the story repeats itself every year.