Water woes keep women on the boil

Er­ratic sup­ply has up­set our lives, MC must do some­thing, they cry

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - Live - - FRONT PAGE - Hil­lary vic­tor hil­lary.vic­tor@hin­dus­tan­times.com

CHANDI­GARH: Women of the house are not happy, and the mu­nic­i­pal cor­po­ra­tion is to blame. As mer­cury climbs ev­ery day, low water pres­sure and er­ratic sup­ply has been haunt­ing res­i­dents from past one month. To over­come this dry spell, women are left with no op­tion but to ad­just their body clock — early to bed and very early to rise has be­come their mantra as the morn­ing sup­ply holds the key to ful­fill­ing the needs of the house through the day..

“For the past one month, I am get­ting up at 4am ev­ery­day to fill buck­ets as the over­head tanks never get filled. The pres­sure of water is too low. I am tired of the MC’s ir­re­spon­si­ble ways. They should find a con­crete so­lu­tion,” said Pooja Khosla, a res­i­dent of Sec­tor 40.

For nearly a month now, res­i­dents of most of sec­tors in city re­sid­ing be­yond the ground floor are at the re­ceiv­ing end. The city is re­ceiv­ing 87 MGD water against the de­mand of 116 MGD, and the fig­ure shoots up in peak sum­mer (May to July).

The prob­lem will ag­gra­vate from June 1, as there will be no af­ter­noon sup­ply for a month.

“It is for the first time that the prob­lem has grown to such lev­els. You never know when the MC will sud­denly can­cel sup­ply,” said Khosla, who had an ad­di­tional prob­lem.

SS Bhard­waj, pres­i­dent of the Cit­i­zens’ Wel­fare So­ci­ety, Sec­tor 51, added, “We have never wit­nessed such a sit­u­a­tion in the past. Due to the scorch­ing heat, life of out of gear al­ready. Rub­bing salt on our wounds, we are get­ting er­ratic water sup­ply. Ma­jor­ity of the women re­sid­ing in our sec­tor had to wake up early ev­ery morn­ing to fill water in buck­ets and uten­sils as they hardly get any sup­ply by 7 am. The prob­lem wors­ens when guests ar­rive, as the water proves in­ad­e­quate.”

A house­wife from Sec­tor 15, Nee­lam Uberoi, said she had to fill buck­ets from the ground floor. “We can’t go for morn­ing walks, can­not sleep prop­erly or sched­ule work. It’s a mess.” TALL CLAIM FALLS FLAT

On May 11, the water sup­ply and sew­er­age dis­posal com­mit­tee of the MC had de­cided to hire 10 water tankers for all three sub­di­vi­sions of Chandi­garh for two months to deal with emer­gency sit­u­a­tions. But till date noth­ing has been done.

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