Stand Up for the cause of Lack of water supply in Sangam Vihar
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I am Ashish Malhotra, working in a NGO UMEED- A Drop of Hope which is a registered organisation working for the upliftment of weaker sections of the society and making them aware of the government schemes that would benefit them.
In Delhi, water equals power and money. Sangam Vihar in South Delhi is a large unorganized colony with adjoining slums. With its population of nearly 10 lakh, it is a sad example of this dark reality.
Let us give you an insight of this dark reality.
No house in Sangam Vihar has a water meter. And that’s because no one in the entire colony has an official connection for water. Surprised? Well, this is the harsh truth.
There are six water treatment plants run by the government that produce 818 million gallons of water a day but why aren't the residents of this place getting their share of water? Don't they deserve it? Or it is because they are poor, they are weak. For the Indian mentality is 'The more the poor, the more the weak'.
There are private water suppliers that do brisk business in areas such as Sangam Vihar, which are outside the ambit of the Delhi Jal Board. These suppliers collect water mostly from private borewells in Delhi, Noida and Gurgaon and sell it at a premium. In fact, even tube-wells installed by the Delhi Jal Board (DJB) have been ‘occupied’ by local heavyweights in some cases.
The residents (who are poor people) of the colony are dependent on these illegal tankers and pipelines for fulfilling their water needs. The residents are compelled to buy every drop of water from these private suppliers. All their salary is spent on water. There are no savings. They even borrow money from each other to survive the scarcity but to what extent can they borrow? After all, a large chunk of the population lie below the poverty line.
The lack of water sets the poor living in Sangam Vihar apart from folks living in the nearby authorised colonies of south Delhi: Chittaranjan Park, Malviya Nagar and Greater Kailash, who get up to 20,000 litres of water free of cost every month from Delhi Jal Board. Why is there a wide gap between the rich and the poor? Aren't both humans? Don't we have the same blood running under our body? Then why so much of discrimination? Why don't they receive water?
In the 2015 Assembly election, the AAP rode to power in Delhi on the promise of supplying free water through pipes. What now? All those promises shattered and left broken in the eyes of the residents.
I have started this Petition to remind Delhi Government to do the needful and fulfill their promise of Adequate and consistent Water supply to do justice to the people who gave them votes.
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