BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi on Tuesday protested outside the Delhi Jal Board's (DJB) RK Puram office. Her protest was against "water woes" being faced by the people of her constituency.
She claimed that municipal areas too are facing water shortage and many places in her constituency lack piped water supply.
The DJB, however, claimed that the utility has been supplying water beyond its capacity and accused BJP of “politicising the issue" instead of helping people.
"Lady Hardinge staff quarters, and upper regions of Anand Parbat and Baljit Nagar lack piped water supply. Then, there are areas like Naraina, Krishna Nagar and Arjun Nagar which have piped water supply, but there's no water for the past 10-15 days," Lekhi claimed.
She accused Delhi government of having their priorities misplaced. Most women in Delhi are suffering due to water paucity and Kejriwal wants to give them free rides in the Delhi Metro," she said.
Lekhi claimed that women spend hours standing in queues to collect water from tankers and many fights take place and that DJB's water distribution system is old and ailing and no work has been done on this for 30-35years.
DJB vice-chairman Dinesh Mohaniya said, "In many areas, such as in Anand Parbat, geographical constraints don't allow the DJB to lay water and sewer pipelines. They always tell half-truths."
He added that it isn’t just Delhi which faces water shortage but the entire nation is suffering from the problem but that DJB has been supplying water beyond our capacity. He also added that the demand for water has increased due to the heat.