For­get noon water sup­ply

MC has stopped sup­ply in June due to water short­age

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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.

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