Delhi: the capital of India, Delhi, has over 10 million residents. These people were left without water after protestors sabotaged a crucial canal that serves most of the city’s water needs.
The angry Jat community protestors seized the Munak Canal as a show of anger due to caste job quotas thus making the over 10 million lack water.
Delhi’s head of water board, Chandra, told BBC that about 2 to 3 days will be required for normal water supplies to resume in the areas that have been affected.
All the schools in Delhi have been shut down due to the water crisis.
In these riots that have taken three days, 16 people have been killed while many others hurt.
Delhi has got 16 million people occupying it and the canal supplies water to 3/5 of the city.
Mr. Chandra said that the warnings that had been given earlier meant that some people save water and also that tankers had been availed in the affected areas within the city. They did not want to lack water. However, this wouldn’t be enough to combat the shortage.
On Monday, the army took control of some canal parts although repairs are projected to take some time.
The protestors on the other hand haven’t relented. They say that they do not trust the government’s words and they need something in writing.
Via a tweet, the Chief Minister in Delhi said that the army was still assessing to see how long it would take for water to get to Delhi and also evaluate the extent of the damage caused to the canal.
A curfew was issued while the army deployed in the districts of Rohtak and Jhajjar but that did not stop the protestors from going on rampage.
What is making the Jats angry?
- The affluent land-owning Jat community has always been seen as a upper caste
- You find them in Haryana and seven other northern India states
- The demonstrators want that they be included in the caste quotas for jobs as well as the education chances availed to lower castes from 1991
The state minister in Haryana, Bilas Sharma, said that everything was normalizing and that traffic on national highways and railways had reopened.
Mr. Sharma also confirmed that a bill on reservations as well as quotas for the Jat community would be introduced by the government during the next parliament session but did not mention when that would happen.
In a response to the matter, India’s federal govt plans to constitute a top-level committee that would listen to the grievances raised by the Jat.
The earlier violent made key national highways and roads to be closed. The northern India railway system had also been paralyzed.