Wastage to invite Rs 2,000 fine as Delhi reels under water crisis

Activities such as washing cars with water from a pipe, allowing water tanks to overflow, using domestic water supply for commercial purposes, and using drinking water at construction sites will be considered wastage.
Locals at Chanakyapuri's Sanjay Camp collect drinking water from a tanker amid water crisis in Delhi, on Wednesday.
Locals at Chanakyapuri's Sanjay Camp collect drinking water from a tanker amid water crisis in Delhi, on Wednesday.Photo | EPS, Parveen Negi

NEW DELHI : Washing cars with a hose, using domestic water for commercial purposes, and allowing water tanks to overflow in Delhi will attract a Rs 2,000 fine as the AAP government takes urgent steps to tackle a water crisis in the national capital, which is reeling under a scorching summer.

Delhi Minister Atishi, who handles the water ministry portfolio, issued directions to Delhi Jal Board CEO A Anbarasu to form 200 teams to monitor and reduce cases of water wastage.

These teams will visit residential areas to check if drinking water is being wasted. Activities such as washing cars with water from a pipe, allowing water tanks to overflow, using domestic water supply for commercial purposes, and using drinking water at construction sites will be considered wastage. Such activities will attract a fine of Rs 2,000.

Also, there are illegal connections of domestic supply at construction sites and commercial establishments, the minister said, adding that there is a need to crack down on such misuse of water.

In an official notice, Atishi said, “These teams shall be deployed from 8 am tomorrow morning and shall impose a fine of Rs 2,000 on anyone found wasting water and shall disconnect any illegal water connections at construction sites or commercial establishments.”

The notice came a day after Atishi said the Delhi government is in talks with the Haryana government and, if the water supply does not improve in the coming 1-2 days, the Delhi government will move court and also approach the Supreme Court.

In the notice issued, Atishi stated, “There is an acute heat wave in Delhi and a shortage of water supply since Haryana is not releasing Delhi’s share of water. Under these circumstances, conservation of water becomes extremely important. However, it has been observed that there is serious wastage of water in many parts of Delhi. There are also illegal connections taken by construction sites and commercial establishments from water supply meant for domestic use. There is a need to crack down on the misuse of water.”

Locals at Chanakyapuri's Sanjay Camp collect drinking water from a tanker amid water crisis in Delhi, on Wednesday.
Locals at Chanakyapuri's Sanjay Camp collect drinking water from a tanker amid water crisis in Delhi, on Wednesday.Photo | EPS, Parveen Negi

Know the facts

Delhi’s peak power demand reached an all-time high of 8,302 MW on Wednesday afternoon as the city logged its highest-ever temperature of 52.3 °C at the Mungeshpur weather station.

Officials said this is the first time in the city’s history that the power demand has breached the 8300-MW mark and the mercury crossed 52°C.

The previous peak power demand was recorded just a week ago, when it touched 8,000 MW on May 22.

93.5% of households in the city have been connected to piped water supply by the Delhi Jal Board through a 15,473-km-long pipeline network supplying 1,000 MGD to a population of 21.5 million.

The national capital gets its water from the Ganga Canal, the western Yamuna canal, the Bhakra canal and the Yamuna. Delhi’s water and wastewater management is controlled by the DJB, which has signed the contract with Suez Degremont.

Average water consumption in the national capital is estimated at 240 litres per capita per day (lpcd), the highest in the country.

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