New Delhi, May 17: Dramatic scenes were witnessed outside the residence of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal when newly elected MLA from Rajouri Garden Manjinder Singh Sirsa was seen chasing the escort along with Bharatiya Janta Party Member of Parliament Parvesh Verma.
Sirsa said he did not come to ask for his resignation but to raise the demands of people complaining about the shortage of water supply but he ran away after seeing me. Similar complaints were echoed by Parvesh Verma who said Delhi citizens are struggling with the shortage of water but their Chief Minister did not want to listen to us. Arvind Kejriwal met West Bengal Chief Minister Mamta Banerjee but refused to meet us, said Verma.
Delhi has seen a surge in demand for water amidst scorching heat waves hitting its residents severally. The situation deteriorated when Kapil Mishra was ousted from Delhi cabinet for not providing satisfactory services. Mishra held the portfolio of water minister in Delhi government. The water department saw a void after his suspension.
Arvind Kejriwal in a tweet conceded about the shortage and hoped the situation will return to normalcy after Haryana starts releasing the water. “Haryana has started releasing water. Production likely to be normal by tomorrow morning and distribution by tomorrow evening. We are constantly monitoring situation,” Kejriwal tweeted.
Delhi Jal Board (DJB) CEO Keshav Chandra expressed hope that production at the treatment plants — Wazirabad and Chandrawal — will “stabilise” by tomorrow and supply will gradually improve.
“Water distribution will take one more day to normalise.
Hopefully by tonight Wazirabad pond level would be restored and production will stabilise from tomorrow. Distribution will take one more day to normalise because after production all the underground reservoirs and all the lines are to be filled up,” Chandra told PTI.
Two water treatment plants — Wazirabad and Chandrawal which treat around 220 MGD (million gallons per day) out of the 900 MGD treated in Delhi — were down to 60 per cent of their capacity as the city was receiving around 80 MGD (million gallons per day) less than its share.
Under the circumstances, certain areas that come under the distribution network of these plants remained affected through the day. Out of the 900 MGD, around 550 (almost 60 per cent) comes from Haryana and the rest from Uttar Pradesh.
(With inputs from PTI)