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Power, water crises worsen

By Our Staff Reporter

NEW DELHI, JUNE 4. The situation on the water front continued to be grim today as large parts of the Capital did not receive any supply from the Delhi Jal Board.

The posh colonies of South Delhi like Vasant Kunj, Vasant Vihar, Greater Kailash, Hauz Khas, East of Kailash and Savita Vihar were the worst hit. Even colonies like Dwarka in the North-West Delhi have been experiencing an acute shortage of water.

Residents of Uttam Nagar and Khyala and villages in rural Narela and Najafgarh alleged that they have not received water supply for more than a week now. "The situation is turning from bad to worse," said Vijay Kumar from Uttam Nagar. Senior DJB officials said the water crisis would continue till the arrival of monsoon. "We do not have enough water. There has been no addition to the source of raw water during the past several years, while the population has been increasing at the rate of five lakhs every year," the official said.

The DJB said water supply would remain affected in several parts of the city on Saturday and Sunday. The worst affected areas will include Karol Bagh, Sadar Paharganj, the VVIP areas of Lutyen's Delhi, Moti Bagh, Sarojini Nagar, Lodi Road, R. K. Puram, Anand Niketan, Satya Niketan, parts of South Delhi, Delhi Cantonment, Patel Nagar, Pusa Institute, Delhi Milk Scheme, Naraina and Inderpuri. The DJB said the problem was mainly due to repair of the water main emanating from Chandrawal Water Works.

Meanwhile, the situation on the power front was no better with East Delhi and the Walled City being the worst hit. A large part of Vasundhara Enclave in trans-Yamuna experienced load-shedding for more than nine hours. Electricity, which went off around 12 noon, had not come back till late in the night. Residents of the area who approached the BSES Yamuna Power complaint centre were informed that this was due to some local fault and by 7 in the evening electricity would be restored. Similarly residents of some areas of Jahangirpuri complained that they had unscheduled power cut for more than five hours.

Complaints of power cuts were also received from Laxmi Nagar, Gandhi Nagar, Geeta Colony, Rajouri Garden, Inderpuri, R. K. Puram, Saket, Green Park, Okhla and Lodi Road.

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