The Lal Bagh slum in Azadpur , Delhi is accompanied with poor access to drinking water alongside all it’s other problems. Delhi Jal Board never seemed to or rarely arrive in the locality. The water supply system there is completely destructed. The MCD water that is dispensed from household domestic taps stings badly and is of terribly bad taste. No action was being taken and none of the political promises persist after elections are done.
For their sake, SRCC students identified areas where the drinking water provided to people was contaminated with high levels of total dissolved solids. This was done under the ASBAH programme. “A majority of the people in these areas are dependent on irregular government tankers and face long queues. Frequently, they don’t get water either”, said Muskan Sancheti, a 2nd year bcom(hons) student. They are prone to many diseases such as cholera, diarrhea. Most commonly they don’t have purchasing power to buy clean water.
After the students presented their report to the Delhi Jal Board and MLA of Model Town, he provided them land in Lal Bagh to set up their project.
The students set up a community reverse osmosis filteration plant in the neighbourhood.
The system provides clean water for over 500 families for a nominal amount i.e. rs.2 per 10 litres.
A former beauty parlour employee Rupan Singh, manages the RO plant and even educates the people to use it, tell them it’s benefits. The walls of the RO system are painted depicting the benefits of clean water. Students conducted various awareness programmes and sterrt plays to promote it.
It comes with a facility of rs. 100 card recharge, which can be used according to the usage. This has really helped the community and heading to its betterment.