Acute Water Shortage Forcing Delhi Residents To Abandon Social Distancing: BJP

BJP alleged that people are paying upto Rs 10,000 to get water from the tanker mafia in the city even though AAP takes credit for free water supply.

Acute Water Shortage Forcing Delhi Residents To Abandon Social Distancing: BJP

Delhi residents have to collect water from tankers due to acute water shortage (File)

New Delhi:

The BJP on Thursday accused the AAP of not addressing the water scarcity facing Delhi and claimed people are being forced to abandon social distancing and hand hygiene to get to water tankers amid the coronavirus pandemic.

BJP national spokesperson Meenakshi Lekhi alleged that the tanker mafia was operating in the city and people were paying up to Rs 10,000 to get water even though the Kejriwal government takes credit for free water supply.

There was no immediate reaction from the Aam Aadmi Party.

"The people of Delhi have been so stricken by water problem that they do not even care about social distancing when water tankers arrive and crowds gather to get water," Ms Lekhi told a press conference.

She also showed a video of Indrapuri in Rajendra Nagar Assembly constituency, represented by Delhi Jal Board vice-chairman Raghav Chadha, and alleged that people were struggling for water even in the AAP legislator's area.

"Delhi government has failed to provide sufficient water to people to even clean hands to avoid the coronavirus infection. People have to wash their hands to avoid infection but they are not able to do this due to lack of water," Ms Lekhi claimed.

Despite the AAP government's promise to provide free water, she alleged, people were paying Rs 10,000 per month to the tanker mafia.

"Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal should break his silence and tell people what action has been taken by his government against tanker mafia in Delhi," she said.

The Delhi BJP MP expressed concern over the depleting groundwater in the city and suggested the Delhi government should work with the Environment Ministry to address this.

Meenakshi Lekhi claimed that Rs 1,200 crore was provided by the centre in 2015 to resolve the water shortage but no account of the money or of new pipelines has been given by the Delhi government.