Forget noon water supply
MC has stopped supply in June due to water shortage
CHANDIGARH: For the first time in the history of the city, the municipal corporation has not restored two-hour afternoon water supply during winters. The supply was discontinued since June due to acute shortage of water.
As during the winter season water is surplus, MC can restore the afternoon water supply comfortably for three hours. Every year, afternoon supply is discontinued for three months from June to August.
Talking to HT, superintending engineer, public health department, MC, said: "It is wastage of money and manpower as two-hour supply in afternoon does not make much difference to residents."
On other hand, Alok Srivastava, professor in department of chemistry, Panjab University, who has been working on water-related issues for the past two decades said, during winters, the department should check and strengthen the internal water supply distribution system, particularly in the areas where water pressure is low and set right it so that residents can get proper
Noon water supply is wastage of money and manpower SUPTD ENGINEER, Public Health Department, MC
supply during summers. "But it is very unfortunate that afternoon supply has not been restored till date."
Nominated MC councillor Surinder Bahga said: "In the next House meeting, we will also raise the issue regarding saving manpower and electricity bills by not supplying afternoon water supply." It is learnt that electricity consumption is increasing day by day and on other hand residents are suffering from non-availability of afternoon water supply.
A former senior officer of the public health department of MC said: "It is very strange that despite having adequate availability of water, there is scarcity of the same. It seems that there is complete mismanagement in the department and officials concerned are not bothered to redress the grievances of the common man. It is for the first time that they have failed to restore the afternoon supply."
Interestingly, MC spends crores of rupees for maintaining tubwells and boosters and three years back, it has proposed to supply 24x7 water supply to the entire city, but the claims have fallen flat due to non-restoration of afternoon supply.
Maj DS Sandhu (retd), member of water supply and sewerage disposal committee, said: "It seems that the public health officials do not go to the areas and sort out the problems. Why they do not plan and do their homework much before the onset of summers, so that the water situation in the city can be managed?"
He further said instead of checking its own distribution system of water, these officers always propose new tubewells and boosters in low-pressure zones, but are not willing to sort out the problem.