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Updated: July 7, 2014 08:58 IST
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Drinking the new way

    Vartika Sharma
    Damini Nath
    Gaurav Vivek Bhatnagar
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Food courts have replaced water coolers with potable water taps.
The Hindu Food courts have replaced water coolers with potable water taps.

The food court at DLF Promenade in Vasant Kunj has replaced water coolers with potable water taps. However, most visitors struggle to drink from them, leading to wastage of water. The water coolers were earlier installed at the same location.

Potable water taps require one to drink directly from the tap, a system alien to most users.

Class XI student Satyam found it all quite cumbersome. “There should be an instruction board near the potable water tapsexplaining how to use them.”

However, food court managers claim the taps help save water.

Food court shift manager Ravinder said: “We haven’t got any feedback regarding the infeasibility of using tap water. But we provide glasses to customers on request. We replaced the water coolers about three months ago as there was too much water wastage. The push buttons on the water coolers leaked excess water before closing up. There were buttons to start water, but none to stop the flow.”

He added that a signage with illustrations has been put up to guide visitors on how to use the potable water taps.

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Though the election season has ended, both the Congress and the BJP in Delhi seem to be engaged in a mini-poster war, in view of the impending Delhi Assembly poll announcement.

A Congress leader in the BJP-led municipal corporations has put up hoardings mocking the saffron party’s “achhe din” slogan in a poster showing a zebra atop a giraffe, that is unable to see the good times ahead.

The Congress leader admitted that it was a bit of a struggle to get party workers not to stick photos of other leaders next to the giraffe and the zebra.

The posters put up by a BJP leader in South Delhi promise a “clean and neat” city.

The campaign, rather ironically, misses the point as posters are plastered on flyover pillars and signboards, making a mess of the area’s aesthetics and breaking laws.

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For the past week, the traffic signal at the Bahadurshah Zafar Marg-Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Marg intersection near Delhi Police Headquarters at ITO regularly goes on the blink around midnight. Since this crossing witnesses heavy traffic, the signal problem results in long snarls and motorists find it hard to cross the light after waiting for half-an-hour.

Surprisingly, despite noticing this chaos barely a 100 metre from them, the Police Control Room staff stationed outside the headquarters or other Delhi Police personnel in this high-security area seldom act on their own.

“They just keep standing at their duty points and never help with regulating traffic movement. The least they can do is call the control room and ask for help,” said a harassed motorist.

Most often, calls from motorists trapped in the traffic quagmire finally get some cops to come in and regulate the vehicular movement. But no one knows why the signal stops functioning every night.

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