Cut supply to VIPs too, if city faces water shortage: Arvind Kejriwal
NEW DELHI: As the city stares at
water crisis in the peak summer months, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has
issued direction to cut supply to even VIPs, if shortage of water occurs in
Delhi, barring the Prime Minister, the President and the diplomatic missions.
Speaking in the Delhi Assembly,
Kejriwal said in case of any water shortage, it will be felt by all VIPs except
a few, and attacked BJP-ruled Haryana for “cutting” supply of raw water to the
city, after the Delhi polls.
“There should be no politics over
water. This year if there is any shortage of water, then Delhi Jal Board (DJB) should
ensure that it is felt by everybody. Water supply shortage will be faced by all
the VIPs starting from me. Only Prime Minister, President, embassies and
emergency services will be exempted,” Kejriwal said.
Currently, all VIPs, including Union
and Delhi ministers, MPs and top bureaucrats get uninterrupted water supply. The
DJB had alleged that since the AAP came to power, supply of water from Haryana
through Munak canal has dropped substantially.
It has been maintaining that due to
reduction in supply of raw water from Haryana, the production of potable water
at its Water Treatment Plants in Dwarka, Bawana, Nangloi and Haiderpur has
The current average demand for
potable water in Delhi is around 1,100 million gallons per day (mgd) and the
Delhi Jal Board supplies around 800 mgd across the city after treating raw
The demand is projected to touch
around 1,400 mgd by the end of the 12th Five-Year Plan in 2017, and large parts
of the city witness severe water shortage during summer months. Delhi relies
heavily on neighbouring states such as Haryana and Uttar Pradesh for the supply
of raw water.