No end to water woes with 40% Delhi-ites still without water supply
“Historically water has always remained the bone of contention among neighbouring countries, states and cities. World Bank experts have predicted that a huge war will take place worldwide for water by 2020. But, in national capital, the war over water has already begun.”
The national Capital has been facing severe water scarcity for a very long time, and now things have gone worse in wake of protests in Haryana over reservation. Munak, canal, main source of water supply to Delhi was completely cut off by protesters. This has added fuel to the continuous war going on between Delhi and Haryana regarding the sharing of water between the two States.
Dependence on neighbouring states
Well, there is not one but many causes for the water problem in Delhi. We cannot ignore its fast paced population growth. Adding to water woes of Delhi is the fact that being a land-locked state with lack of natural resources, it is completely dependent on neighbouring states for water supply.
Lakhs of people live in Delhi without adequate water supply and sanitation services. The groundwater table is depleted and has become too shallow for consumption and also, the warmer climate lead to further increase of water shortages in the Capital.
Tall promises– no steps to reduce water woes
It is relevant to note here that in the run-up to election, Aam Adami Party promised a water pipeline to every home in Delhi. One year down the line, around 40% of Delhi’s population is still living in water-deprived colonies, whether these are slums or unauthorized colonies, all of which are presently relying on private tankers.
Since Delhi is dependent on neighbouring states for water supply, it becomes even more important to take constructive steps to conserve water and judicial use of water. AAP manifesto did spell out initiatives in this direction but it’s been one year since Kejriwal came to power and all these promises seems a lip service.
Some of the promises, which didn't see the light!
- The party promised to implement a dual water distribution system to recycle community waste water for non-domestic use. This was to be implemented in housing societies, commercial complexes, malls, etc..
- The manifesto also promised that the government would build underground water reservoirs, booster pumping stations and water treatment plants.
- The manifesto promised to replenish local and decentralized water resources and chalked out strategy for rainwater harvesting, recharge of wells, watershed development and soil-water conservation.
AAP did not promise moon to Delhi voters with regard to improving water problems. Simple steps like rainwater harvesting, recycling of waste water and water conservation would have gone a long way in reducing water woes. But the fact AAP government failed to initiate any steps, reveals the fact that these were nothing but poll promises.