With a water tanker's capacity of holding around 2,000 litres of water, the water mafia smuggles out thousands of litres of groundwater everyday from the society. Anil Sehdal, member of the Residents' Welfare Association (RWA), Saraswati Kunj, told timesofindia.com, "One can find tankers anytime at two points in the society -- opposite to the commercial complex and the entry point in front of Paras Hospital. Both areas are encroached upon by slum dwellers."
Residents claim that the groundwater level has gone down due to the uncontrolled smuggling. Vinod Chibber, a resident, said that there are just 100 families in the society and average use by a household is not more than 500 litres a day. However, in the last five years, groundwater level has gone down to 50 feet.
A slum dweller, engaged in this illegal activity, admits that he earns his livelihood from it. He said, ''Over 80 people in our slums are dependent upon tankers for their daily income. An individual who has got boring done near his hut pays us Rs 200 a day. We just have to make sure that the water is supplied as soon as a tanker arrives.''
Pushpendra Chauhan, Additional Deputy Commissioner, said, ''strict action will be taken against those engaged in the illegal trade. We will try and seal the activity within a week.''