ALREADT THERE IS INSUFFICIENT WATER SUPPLY. WHY DOES DWARKA CONTINUE TO GET A STEP MOTHERLY TREATMENT? WE HAD HIGH HOPES FROM THE KEJRIWAL GOVERNMENT SUDHA SINHA, group housing society secretary
NEW DELHI: “We are ready to pay, but give us water!” a placard held by an irate protestor summed up the mood on Sunday when residents of group cooperative housing society and Delhi Development Authority (DDA) flats in Dwarka staged an ‘agitation against discrimination of water charges’.
Residents, representatives of social organizations and RWA members staged a sit-in protest in front of the MTNL office at sector 6 demanding supply of potable water for their areas.
The representatives now plan to meet chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and submit a memorandum to this effect.
The protest came days after the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government announced free water up to 20,000 litres per month per functional connection.
While the rest of the city, barring bulk supply areas such as New Delhi Municipal Council and Delhi Cantonment, are set to enjoy the perk, Dwarka will be left out of the scheme.
“For us, there is a twist in the tale if one goes to according to the ground realities. This fine print is a cause of extreme concern for Dwarka residents,” said Sudha Sinha, secretary of the Federation of the group cooperative housing societies (GCHS) of Dwarka.
Dwarka’s potable water supply is done through the DDA and residents pay more for it compared with Delhi Jal Board (DJB) tariff. Despite efforts at various levels, neither DDA nor DJB has taken any steps to resolve the situation.
“As it is, we are getting insufficient water supply. Why does Dwarka continue to get a step motherly treatment? We had high hopes from the Kejriwal government but sadly, no one has paid heed,” she said.
The protestors included social organisations including Pahal, Aikotaan, Kalibari O Seva Samiti and Dr Ambedkar Sanjiv Chetna Manch apart from RWAs from the area and representatives of the GCHS.