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Delhi Water Crisis Escalates as Protesters Vandalize DJB Office; Atishi Urges Police Protection for Pipelines

Amid severe water shortage and worsening Delhi water crisis, protests and sabotage incidents highlight escalating tensions over water management.

Amidst an unprecedented water crisis in Delhi exacerbated by scorching temperatures, the Delhi Jal Board (DJB) office in Chattarpur became the target of vandalism by women protestors. This incident comes as tensions rise over accusations of mismanagement and allegations of a “tanker mafia” within the DJB.

BJP leader Bansuri Swaraj in a proetst Delhi water crisis in Delhi
BJP leader Bansuri Swaraj in a proetst Delhi water crisis in Delhi Image Source – PTI

Delhi Water Minister Atishi has urgently requested police protection for major water pipelines, citing recent sabotage attempts that have further strained water supply. She highlighted a significant leakage in the south Delhi water mains, suspected to be a deliberate act of sabotage, resulting in a loss of 20 MGD (million gallons per day) of water supply.

 

“At this juncture, any foul play and sabotage will worsen the already difficult water shortage being faced by the people of Delhi,” Atishi expressed in her letter to Police Commissioner Sanjay Arora. The minister emphasized the critical need for safeguarding the city’s water infrastructure amidst escalating tensions and growing public outcry over water scarcity.

The Delhi BJP has also voiced its concerns, staging protests against the AAP government’s handling of the water crisis and alleging financial mismanagement within the DJB during Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s tenure.

As the situation intensifies, authorities are grappling with ensuring adequate water supply amid rising temperatures and public discontent, further exacerbated by acts of vandalism and suspected sabotage targeting essential water infrastructure.

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