PUBLIC EXHIBITION ON WATER HELD IN PARCHED DWARKA

A two day Public Exhibition on Water with an aim to improve water situation in Dwarka opened at Sector 12 Metro Station today. The two day exhibition has been organised by an NGO Delhi 2050 in league with Finland based Stainless steel giant Outokumpu. The exhibition will shift to Ashirwad Chowk ,Near Ayushman Hospital tomorrow, February 22, 2014.

“ The Delhi 2050 team has been conducting research on the situation of the water crisis in Dwarka and the future possibilities for improving the situation in the parched area. We have involved the Delhi Jal Board (DJB), Delhi Development Authority (DDA) along with experts from INTACH, School of Planning and Architecture, Jamia Milia Islamia University, JNU and architects and planners from The Netherlands.”said with In our network, headed by Dutch architect Anne Feenstra.

“We will exchange knowledge with the Dwarka residents and share our research work with them during the exhibition to get their valuable feedback. Dwarka is severely short on water and is largely dependent on an irregular tanker supply to meet their needs. “said Mr Anne Feenstra.

“As Dwarka is dependent on Water tankers for most of its needs including potable water, We have suggested use of Stainless steel tankers for transporting water as they are more hygienic and maintenance free . Most of the tankers and pipelines being used are of ordinary steel, which have corrosion problem and while transportation water becomes undrinkable”Said Mr Yatinder Pal Singh Suri, India head , Outokumpu.
Yatinder Pal Singh Suri
“Unlike the rest of the city, Dwarka is dependent on DDA for its water supply. Against a demand of 15 million gallons per day, Dwarka, with six lakh residents, gets around 4 to 5 million gallons per day (MGD) of which only 1.5 MGD is supplied by DJB. The remaining water is drawn through tubewells and the shortfall is met through private tankers. Several households get supply once every two days or so. A 50 MGD water treatment that will meet Dwarka’s needs has been lying ready but there is no water to supply to it since the Delhi and Haryana governments have not been able to come to a decision on the sharing of the Munak Canal water.” Said Mr Suri.

“Dwarka residents also pay a much higher rate for their water supply compared to the rest of the city. DJB charges Rs 8.53 per kilo litre from DDA and DDA supplies it at Rs 10.76. The supply is also highly inequitable. Where NDMC supplies 480 litres per per person per day, some parts of Dwarka get only 70 litres and that too of a poor quality. Dwarka is a fully planned sub-city and it will be easy for the government to implement any kind of recycling or dual supply systems here,” said Mr Suri.

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