Voice of the Peo­ple

Drink­ing wa­ter for Is­lam­abad

Pakistan Observer - - OPINION - VIJDAN SAEED

T

he wa­ter short­age is­sue in the cap­i­tal is not a new phe­nom­e­non and res­i­dents have been fac­ing this prob­lem

for many years now, but the civic body (CDA) has not been able to come up with any longterm plan to over­come the is­sue. The res­i­dents are forced to call for wa­ter tankers to meet their needs as no wa­ter has been supplied dur­ing the past three days. “The sys­tem for get­ting a CDA wa­ter tanker is equally ag­o­niz­ing and cum­ber­some as the of­fi­cials need to be re­minded many times to get a tanker; more­over, ‘in­flu­ence’ is the only way to get a wa­ter tanker sent on time”, said a res­i­dent of G-9/4. The res­i­dents of G9/4 have been fac­ing se­vere wa­ter short­age in sum­mers since last many years and de­spite tall claims by the author­i­ties and suc­ces­sive gov­ern­ments, no new dam has been con­structed yet; even no­body both­ers to de­silt the Rawal and Simli Dams when these are dried up to the core. In the G-se­ries of sec­tors, wa­ter is supplied from tube wells and pump­ing sta­tions, which re­quired reg­u­lar sup­ply of elec­tric­ity, wa­ter sup­ply to the re­main­ing sec­tors is not de­pen­dent on elec­tric­ity. Many of the tankers that are sup­ply­ing wa­ter to the res­i­dents bring con­tam­i­nated wa­ter. These wa­ter tankers are owned by pri­vate con­trac­tors who do not ob­serve hygiene code and the wa­ter supplied by them of­ten smells foul with var­ied odours in­clud­ing that of un­known chem­i­cals and oil. Even the mon­soon rains that have raised wa­ter level in dams have failed to im­prove the sit­u­a­tion for peo­ple of the area. Chair­man CDA and other con­cerned high ups are re­quested to take notice of the sit­u­a­tion and to is­sue di­rec­tive in this re­gard. Fac­ing block­ade of wa­ter sup­ply in the holy month of Ra­mazan, in this hot weather is cre­at­ing great dif­fi­culty to the res­i­dents. —Is­lam­abad

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