Updated May 29th, 2024 at 16:17 IST

'Rs 2000 Fine For Car Washing, Water Tank Overflow': Delhi Cracks Down on Water Wastage

In response to the unfolding crisis, Atishi urged residents to use water judiciously, emphasizing the need for cooperation to mitigate the situation.

Reported by: Isha Bhandari
200 Teams, Water Wastage Fine: Delhi Cracks Down on Water Wastage Amid Looming Crisis | Image:PTI
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New Delhi: As Delhi grapples with an imminent water crisis exacerbated by scorching summer temperatures, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government has initiated stringent measures to conserve water resources. Delhi's Minister for Water Supply, Atishi, has issued directives to the Delhi Jal Board CEO to deploy 200 teams to monitor and curb instances of water wastage across the city.

Under these directives, activities such as washing cars with hosepipes, utilizing domestic water for commercial purposes, overflowing water tanks, and inappropriate use of drinking water at construction sites will be considered wasteful, attracting fines of ₹2,000.

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This crackdown follows Minister Atishi's allegations against the Haryana government for withholding Delhi's rightful share of water, exacerbating the crisis. Despite ongoing negotiations, the Haryana government's reluctance to release water has escalated tensions, prompting the Delhi government to consider legal action.

In response to the unfolding crisis, Atishi urged residents to use water judiciously, emphasizing the need for cooperation to mitigate the situation. With some areas already facing water scarcity, the government plans to rationalize water distribution, reducing supplies from twice to once daily in affected regions.

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However, the Opposition BJP has criticized the AAP government for failing to anticipate and prepare for the crisis. They questioned the government's reliance solely on Haryana for water supply and suggested exploring alternative sources like Punjab or Himachal Pradesh.

The water crisis coincides with soaring temperatures in Delhi, with the mercury nearing the 50-degree Celsius mark. Heatwave conditions persist, prompting health advisories urging people to stay hydrated and minimize exposure to extreme heat.

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Published May 29th, 2024 at 16:04 IST