A 3-day mission conducted by the India Today group named ‘Operation Paani’ has revealed findings that can shock the residents of the National Capital. While the central and Delhi government blame each other for water quality this neutral study has come as an eyeopener.
The survey conducted by India Today in collaboration with Independent experts covered Delhi’s seven Lok Sabha constituencies along with Noida and Gurugram on the suburbs. The findings showed that the supplies were partly good, partly bad — five out of nine areas passed the water-quality test and four failed it.
The survey which was based on door to door sample collection and utilized WHO-prescribed parameters for testing the sample shows that close to half of the residents of NCR are drinking unfit water.
Reports for East, West, North-East Delhi and Gurugram rated the supplies unfit for drinking primarily because of bacterial contamination. with respect to bacteriological tests, water does not conform to IS: 10500-2012, and cannot be considered fit for drinking purpose says the report.
However, for residents of New Delhi, South Delhi, Chandni Chowk, North-West and Noida constituencies the news was good as tests found that the water flowing out of their home taps is safe for drinking.
While the Delhi Jal Board (DJB) considers it’s water as safe and when elections in the capital are due next month “clean water” would surely be an issue that would find place in political parties manifestos.
Inputs from India Today