Delhi’s Drought Wars

Amid record temperatures and wrenching drought, the taps are still running for the well-heeled residents of New Delhi, who enjoy limitless water supply for $10-$15 a month.
 
Poorer residents in densely populated settlements say they are paying that much for just a week’s supply.
 
For those in poor, crowded areas who rely on water delivered by tankers, prices are soaring and supplies dwindling. In some areas, criminal gangs have gained control of government water supplies and are supplying illegal private tankers that make residents vulnerable to price gouging.
 
In one district, 50% of daily police complaints come from fights over water supplies.   
 
Thomson Reuters Foundation

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