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Supply mineral water, Walia tells CPWD

Hindustan Times, New Delhi, 26th June, 2013

Delhi education minister and area MLA Kiran Walia visited NCERT colony on Tuesday and directed the Central Public Works Department (CPWD) to clean the underground reservoirs.

She also directed the agency to supply mineral water to the families living in the area.

"A number of families claimed that they were not admitted to a government hospital and had come back without realising they were suffering from acute diarrhoea and needed treatment," said Walia.

She said a number of residents were rushed to nearby hospitals and nursing homes on three ambulances arranged by the Delhi government. Three CATS ambulances had been stationed within the locality to ferry affected persons.

"A number of people were unwell and said that they could afford treatment in the private hospitals. I have asked the NCERT director to bear the medical expenses of affected employees and their families," she added.

The government said water supply to the area will be restored soon as the reservoir is cleaned.

"Most of the houses get water from the underground reservoirs and overhead tanks. I found that a portion of the cover of the reservoir had gaps. It is possible that some animal or pollutants may have made its way to the water through these gaps, contaminating it. These gaps are now being filled by the engineers. Water samples have also been lifted for tests and a report is expected within three days," she said.