In a unique initiative, two ward members of Damoh Nagar Palika have fitted horns in their respective wards to alert people of the start of the supply of drinking water in municipal taps. The horns, which blow 10-15 minutes before the start of water supply, aims to give residents ample opportunity to store water.
Whenever the municipal water supply is scheduled to start, the water supply operator comes blows the horn 10-15 minutes before the supply starts.
Damoh city was recently in the news for featuring amongst the dirtiest cities in a survey conducted on behalf of the Central government. However two ward members of Damoh Nagar Palika have taken this initiative which helps residents to take maximum benefit of water supply.
Ward 5 member Vikram Singh told HT that his ward had a population of around 4,500 and 1,500-1,800 tap connections, where the water supply runs for 30-40 minutes in gaps of two to three days.
Singh felt that the horn was needed as there was no fixed time as to when the water would be supplied.
“Sometimes the water is supplied in the morning and at times during the evening, because of which the water gets wasted. On many occasions, residents don’t get much water,” he said.
During a recent trip to Delhi, Singh came up with the idea of using horns to alert residents as to when the water supply would start. He then called his friend Rashu Chouhan, a ward member from Civil Ward 9, and told about him about his plan, buying two hooter horns costing `4,500 each.
Both ward members also told HT that they had proposed the same during a Nagar Palika meeting but the municipal officials responsible did not share their enthusiasm in the scheme.
Meanwhile, Damoh Nagar Palika CEO Sudhir Singh told HT that it was a good initiative by the ward members.
“Due to shortage of funds, it was not possible to install these horns in every ward. However, our new water supply scheme will be started soon and we may install these horns at that time,” he said.