Neighbours are suffering too
We cannot go for a morning walk, cannot sleep properly or schedule work. It’s a mess, thanks to the Chandigarh MC NEELAM UBEROI
SAS NAGAR: Chandigarh is not alone in this battle. Neighbouring SAS Nagar and Panchkula have no dearth of water woes. Residents complain of low pressure, which is resulting in virtually no supply on the first floor and above, forcing the residents to get up early and source water from the ground floors.
Growing gap in the demand and supply has made it worse. As against the demand of 23.4 million gallons daily (MGD), the availability of drinking water is only 13 MGD. “The situation has been bad for the past about 10 days,” said Rajinder Singh, a resident of Sector 67.
Harjot Kaur, a resident of Phase 12, said, “Our tenants on the first and second floor are not getting adequate supply of water.” Many residents have motor pumps or boosters fitted with water supply lines, which affects supply to other houses.
“There is a gap in the demand and supply but we ensure that each household gets adequate water supply. The water supply on Wednesday had good pressure,” claimed Anil Kumar, executive engineer, SAS Nagar.
“We have already forwarded a requisition of 12 tubewells and sought Rs 10 crore from the local bodies department,” said an official in the MC.
Officials say tubewells provide 3 million gallons of water daily to 2.5 lakh residents of the city. 10 million gallons come from the Bhakra canal. The water supply department has banned the watering of lawns and washing of cars. About 1,200 notices have been issued.
Panchkula, too, is facing similar problems. Here, the demand is 46.22 cusec, and the availability is in fact 49.85 cusec from 170 tubewells. But the main reason for low water pressure here is the use of PVC pipes, which cannot sustain high pressure. Power cuts are frequent in this season but there is no coordination between tubewell operators and the power department resulting in no water supply in case of electricity shutdown.