Staff Reporter

Unauthorised colony gets fresh water for the

first time

NEW DELHI: For residents of Badarpur here in the Capital, Monday was a red letter day as sweet Ganga water flowed into their homes following commissioning of a new booster pumping station near Apollo Hospital by Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit over the weekend.

While the residents till now were used to cooking food and taking bath in brackish groundwater, the fresh Ganga water drawn from Tehri-Garhwal and treated at the Sonia Vihar water treatment plant gushed into their homes through the pipes around 7 a.m. on Monday.

“Prior to this, water from the Sonia Vihar plant had not been provided to any unauthorised colony. But today it has reached up to Jaitpur village on the southern edge of Delhi on the Uttar Pradesh and Haryana border,” said Badarpur MLA Ramvir Singh Bidhuri.

Stating that this was the first time that the 4.03 lakh population in his Assembly segment had received fresh piped water, Mr. Bidhuri said people would now be able to cook their food and bathe in clean water. The booster pumping station, he said, had been constructed at a cost of Rs.16 crore and the residents would get fresh water four hours a day.