‘LIFE IS REVOLVING AROUND WATER THESE DAYS’
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
Indira Nagar residents protesting against water shortage.