Neigh­bours are suf­fer­ing too

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - Live - - FRONT PAGE - Shailee Do­gra shailee.do­gra@hin­dus­tan­times.com

We can­not go for a morn­ing walk, can­not sleep prop­erly or sched­ule work. It’s a mess, thanks to the Chandi­garh MC NEE­LAM UBEROI

Sec­tor-15 res­i­dent

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.

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