‘LIFE IS RE­VOLV­ING AROUND WA­TER THESE DAYS’

Hindustan Times (Lucknow) - - Spotlight -

LUC­KNOW: The wa­ter cri­sis in Indira Na­gar has thrown many peo­ple’s life out of gear as they spend most of the time ar­rang­ing and man­ag­ing wa­ter.

The worst af­fected are ap­par­ently those res­i­dents who do not have sub­mersible pumps to draw ground­wa­ter – ei­ther be­cause they can­not af­ford one or they are law-abid­ing cit­i­zens, re­spect­ing the ban on such pumps. “For the last three days, we are un­able to con­cen­trate on any­thing, but wa­ter,” lamented SP Khanna, 80, a res­i­dent of C block. “Ei­ther there is no wa­ter sup­ply or the pres­sure is so low that it doesn’t reach the over­head tanks. As our wa­ter pu­ri­fier is con­nected to the tank on the roof. We have to carry buck­ets filled with wa­ter from gov­ern­ment tankers and empty them into the tank so that we can get potable wa­ter,” he ex­plained. He said law-abid­ing cit­i­zens like him, who were not us­ing sub­mersible pumps, were most af­fected by the wa­ter cri­sis. Iron­i­cally, Khanna had re­tired as di­rec­tor of Cen­tral Ground­wa­ter Board. Shyam Lal, a block D res­i­dent who was draw­ing wa­ter from a Jal Sansthan tanker, said he had come with a rick­shaw to take buck­ets of wa­ter for some­one in his lo­cal­ity. “This has been go­ing on for the last three-four days,” he said.

UP Ra­jya Vidyut Upb­hokta Par­ishad pres­i­dent Awad­hesh Ku­mar Verma, a res­i­dent of A Block, Indira Na­gar, said: “I have to wake up many times in the night to see if wa­ter sup­ply is avail­able or not.”

› Our wa­ter pu­ri­fier is con­nected to the tank on the roof. We have to carry buck­ets filled with wa­ter from gov­ern­ment tankers and empty them into the tank so that we can get potable wa­ter

SP KHANNA, 80, C block Indira Na­gar

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Indira Na­gar res­i­dents protest­ing against wa­ter short­age.

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