NEW DELHI: Following constant water seepage in some basements in Greater Kailash II, Delhi Jal Board (DJB) has decided to shut a 600mm supply line in the affected blocks for 36 hours from Monday evening to find out if there’s any hidden leakage in its main line.

The decision was taken after Central Ground Water Board visited the basements and nearby parks following a complaint from residents about the non-stop seepage from unknown sources for over a month. The board then wrote to the DJB member (water supply) for shutting down the newly laid pipeline for some time.
Once the line is shut, a groundwater board team will install equipment at various places in M, S and E blocks to find out the source. “If there’s a leakage, chances are high that the underground water level has risen,” said a Delhi Jal Board official.
Water tankers will be made available in all blocks so that residents don’t feel any inconvenience, he said, adding that DJB had informed locals.
Meanwhile, the seepage problem is spreading to other blocks too. Local MLA Saurabh Bharadwaj, who also visited the area, said thatt though no leakage had been detected in the water pipeline by the leakage detection unit on Friday, the supply would be stopped to help the central team detect the reason behind the seepage. “However, water supply in other areas like CR Park, Alaknanda and DDA flats in Kalkaji will remain normal,” he said.
A similar issue was reported in Nizamuddin West sometime ago, which was eventually connected to an increase in the local groundwater level, the MLA pointed out. Some basements were even sealed, he added.
“At Greater Kailash-II, we are assuming seepage from active aquifers or an increase in the groundwater level due to shutting down of tubewells on National Green Tribunal’s direction,” Bharadwaj said, adding that during the visit to parks, he had found water at 10-foot depth in tubewells.
On Saturday, the GK-II residents welfare association wrote to lieutenant governor Anil Baijal and the DJB CEO. The deputy mayor of South Delhi Municipal Corporation and area councillor Subhash Badhana also visited a few sites and directed the horticulture department to pump out groundwater from all tubewells from the parks at GK-II, said RWA president Sanjay Rana. “Super suckers were also deployed to desilt clogged drains in E Block on Saturday,” Rana added.

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