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Delhi Utilities

The water supply in Delhi is managed by the Delhi Jal Board (DJB). With falling groundwater level and rising population density, Delhi faces severely acute water shortage. Delhi daily produces 8000 tons of solid wastes which is dumped at three landfill sites by MCD. The daily domestic waste water production is 470 MGD and industrial waste water is 70 MGD.

The city’s per capita electricity consumption is about 1,265 kWh but actual demand is much more.  In 1997, Delhi Vidyut Board (DVB) replaced Delhi Electric Supply Undertaking which was managed by the MCD. The DVB itself cannot generate adequate power to meet the city’s demand and borrows power from India’s Northern Region Grid. As a result, Delhi faces a power shortage resulting in frequent blackouts and brownouts, especially during the summer season when energy demand is at its peak. Several industrial units in Delhi rely on private electrical generators to meet their electric demand.

State-owned Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited (MTNL) and private enterprises like Hutch, Airtel, Idea cellular, Reliance Infocomm and Tata Indicom provide telephone and cell phone service to the city. Cellular coverage is extensive, and both GSM and CDMA services are available. Broadband internet penetration is increasing in the city.