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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Twenty percent of 500,000 population in Delhi, India has no access to piped water and is forced to buy water from mafia with no interference from law enforcement or politicians-BBC

7/28/15, "Water mafia: Why Delhi is buying water on the black market," BBC News, Delhi, by Sanjoy Majumder

In the congested Delhi neighbourhood Sangam Vihar, home to 500,000 people, the air is fraught with anticipation.

It takes less than half an hour to fill up a truck. As one leaves, another takes its place. 

Details are entered into a logbook.

It's a well organised operation that is conducted swiftly and stealthily.

"No one really challenges them because they can be dangerous," one local resident warns us.

The men themselves are reluctant to talk. 

When one does, he offers this by way of explanation: "We only supply water to those areas that need it." 

The immediate fallout of this informal, but shadowy, syndicate is that many of Delhi's residents - especially its poorest - are paying a price for a resource that's meant to be freely available.

But there's a long-term impact too. The mafia is drawing out water from India's groundwater, which is slowly being critically depleted.

If unchecked it could lead to a potentially devastating social and economic cost." Top two images via BBC.

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