News : Calls for Tankers Flood DJB Helpline
New Delhi, India, Feb 23, 2016 -- The Delhi Jal Board's 24x7 call centre and tanker monitoring cell are working non-stop to handle a plethora of complaints that have been pouring in since water was affected in the city since Sunday onwards.
At the call centre located at Delhi Jal Board's headquarters in Jhandewalan, 18 agents are handling between 1,500 and 2,000 calls each day, many of them related to tanker requirements. "The call centre is actually getting close to 4,000 calls but within the system, it is impossible to handle so many per day. This is more than double of what we get on a normal day," said a DJB official.
The official also pointed out a problem that there were multiples calls on the same issue. "For instance, many people from the same area are calling up for tankers. The 4,000 calls that are being recorded are also those that may get disconnected before or during the call," the officials added.
The complaints are being monitored at various levels, reaching even the CEO, if not handled within the specified time frame. A white board, calling attention of the agents, is placed at a prominent spot stating which plants are shut and which areas are being affected. "It is a very tough job," said another official, adding: "People call and abuse incessantly. It will not matter to them that the entire city is facing a crisis and they want their problem addressed immediately."
A corridor away, in a similar room, a group of employees sit and stare into computers, monitoring tiny dots as they move across a map of Delhi. These are the people responsible for ensuring that tankers are running on time and reaching their designated points.
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"We are monitoring 421 tankers trough GPS. However, there is a slight crisis right now because most tankers have been diverted and it is not possible to locate their exact drop off points. These are being fixed by engineers on the site itself," said a staff from the team.
Details like the number of each tanker, agency, amount of water it is carrying, when it reached the designated drop off point, etc are recorded meticulously. Panic calls from drivers are also attended to immediately.
Posted by Veronica Silva Cusi, news correspondent
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