Dwarka residents protest against sealing of borewells
Dwarka Sector 9 residents are up in arms against the Delhi Jal Board and the NGT for sealing the borewells in the area.
The borewells in Sector 9 were sealed on the orders of the National Green Tribunal. The sealing has led to acute water crisis in the area that is forcing the residents to buy water from private tankers.
With a view to raise collective voice against the tribunal and the water board, RWAs and managements of different societies of Sector 9 and Sector 7 held a meeting under the aegis of RWAs of Sector 9 and Federation of Cooperative Group Housing Societies (CGHS), Dwarka at Manzil Apartment.
Residents who congregated at the meeting lamented that the even the 20000 litres per month minimum water supply was not being provided by the Delhi Jal Board. President of FORWAS and President of Ganpati Apartments Sector 9, Advocate KS Bhati informed the members of the NGT order banning borewells.
Residents expressed anger and unhappiness over the approach of the authorities. A member of management of Ganpati Apartments, SC Shukla said, “the borewells are sealed and now tankers are there. I want to ask that how and from where these tankers are getting water. DJB must understand our problem.”
Residents slammed the state government for the sudden water crisis.
Treasurer of FORWAS, YR Arya said that such sealing would lead to irregularities in the system. He also said that there must be no discrimination between residential and commercial pockets.
Arya also said that the Dwarka residents had participated in a meeting with Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal in January, where he had allowed the use of borewells for horticulture purposes. However, he further added that there was no mention of sealing in that meeting.
Sudha Sinha, General Secretary of Federation of Cooperative Group Housing Societies said, “Now it is the duty of the DJB to give us water. Whether they seal the borewells or not, they must give us water. The tanker mafia is thriving because the DJB is not providing us water," she said.
FORWAS and the Federation of CGHS have decided to rope in every society of Dwarka in the campaign to tackle the water crisis.