New Delhi: Despite the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government's implementation of 20,00 litres-a-day free water poll promise, over 32 per cent of Delhi eagerly awaits piped water connection, sewerage system and private toilets.
12 slums of Delhi face scarcity of water. These area are Sunder Nagri, Seemapuri, Kalindi Colony, Welcome Colony, Harsh Vihar, Chand Bag and Janta Colony from East Delhi, Bhalswa, Nand Nagri from North West Delhi, Dakshinpuri, Madangiri, Sanjay Camp from South Delhi, Bharat Vihar/Dwarka from South West Delhi.
A survey by Citizen Solidarity, a social organisation-in association with the State government conducted the survey. The survey found that on an average, a family size of 5.4 members with toilet facility at home consumes 450 litres per day at a per capita consumption of 80 litres. A household of 5.4 members not having a toilet consumes 300 litres per day at the rate of 55 litres per person.
The survey found that on an average, a family size of 5.4 members with toilet facility at home consumes 450 litres per day at a per capita consumption of 80 litres. A household of 5.4 members not having a toilet consumes 300 litres per day at the rate of 55 litres per person.
Families said the government's 666 litres of water per day per household may be inadequate or a wastage depending on the number of members in each home.
Most people residing in the surveyed area are daily wage workers in construction and small manufacturing works. The average salary of a single earning household is estimated to be only Rs.5,000- Rs.7,000 a month, and will be badly affected by any rise in water and sanitation service rates.
A majority of the 120 respondents, 75 per cent of them women, said they "don't need 24x7 water"; all they want is "adequate supply of good water and toilets in their homes" for which they could even pay a "reasonable" amount.
The survey found that in only three of the 12 bastis -Harsh Vihar, Chand Bag and Sunder Nagri - most households had toilets on account of water available from private submersible pumps.
Almost all residents are concerned about the poor status of public toilets in terms of infrastructure, cleanliness, safety and high user fee.