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BJP requests that L-G undertake an investigation of DJB projects completed in the previous nine years

On Monday, the Delhi BJP said that it would want to ask Lieutenant Governor (L-G) VK Saxena to launch a thorough inquiry into all of the tender projects that the Delhi Jal Board (DJB) and the Irrigation Department have been working on over the last nine years.

“Due to the criminal negligence of the Delhi government, extensive theft and wastage of water are occurring in Delhi, leading to a severe shortage of water for Delhi’s consumers, especially the poor consumers,” said Virendra Sachdeva, president of the Delhi BJP.

Sachdeva used the sad occurrence involving the death of a 35-year-old woman in Shahdara due to a dispute over water as proof of the seriousness of this state of affairs.

Sachdeva chastised water minister Atishi for what he saw as an effort to use political language to deflect attention from the tragedy rather than deal with the immediate issue at hand.

He questioned how the money was distributed, pointing out that the national capital’s water supply has not much improved over the course of nine years, despite a huge budget of `29,172 crores set aside for water treatment.

Sachdeva said that the AAP administration had not done enough to solve the problem of making more drinking water available and accused them of corruption inside the Delhi Jal Board. Sachdeva attributed the government’s incompetence to the meager 5 MGD (million gallons per day) increase in water supply, despite a notable rise in population over the previous ten years.

In addition, Sachdeva blamed the government for aggravating groundwater depletion by permitting excessive bore well use, criticizing them for enabling water theft and waste to soar to a concerning 74%. He also claimed that rainfall wells had been neglected, stating that five of them are now in terrible condition and that, with good maintenance, they could have supplied water to 4,500 tankers.

“Government is making groundwater depletion worse.”

Sachdeva accused the administration of worsening groundwater depletion by deploying excessive bore wells, and he criticized them for enabling water theft and waste to reach a startling 74%. He also claimed that rainfall wells had been neglected, stating that five of them are now in terrible condition and that, with good maintenance, they could have supplied water to 4,500 tankers.

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