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Irregular supply triggers water crisis in parts of Bhopal

With the mercury rising, irregular supply and ground water levels dropping, residents in Bhopal say they are facing a water crisis.

bhopal Updated: Mar 28, 2016 16:19 IST
Purvi Jain
People taking water from a tanker at Anna Nagar in Bhopal.
People taking water from a tanker at Anna Nagar in Bhopal. (HT photo)

With the mercury rising, irregular supply and ground water levels dropping, residents in Bhopal say they are facing a water crisis.

The water supply is not low, it is just that water is not being distributed in a proper manner, admits Rakesh Nigam, assistant engineer of Bhopal Municipal Corporation.

“Some neighbourhoods in the city get more water than they need whereas heavily populated neighbourhoods get a limited water supply,” he says.

Bairagarh and Idgah hills have a higher demand for water but the installed capacity in these neighbourhoods, is much less, he says.

After the Kolar Municipality was brought under Bhopal Municipal Corporation, many neighbourhoods in New Bhopal, especially colonies in Kolar Road and BHEL, are yet to get water supply connections.

The water table of the neighbourhoods has receded, leaving many tube-wells–which are the primary sources of drinking water– running dry, he says.

A large number of people who purchased houses on Kolar Road are either hiring water tankers every day at exorbitant rates or are being forced to shift to different neighbourhoods, residents say.

“Shortage of water has forced us to shift back to our old house near Peeragte as we cannot afford water tankers,” says Muskaan Surana, a resident of Kolar.

Some city neighbourhoods have water connections but no water, says Shahawar Mansoori, corporator of ward No19.

““The worst affected are neighbourhoods in the old city, where only supply 25% of water is supplied through pipelines,” he says.

City neighbourhoods, including Chawani, Itwara, Aliganj, Old sabji Mandi, Khajuri gali, Belzarpura, Ashoka Garden, Gas colonies, Bhopal talkies, Old bus stand, Kazi Camp, Chola, Karond and Laxmi talkies are the worst hit by the water crisis.

Though the civic authorities have made alternative arrangements and tankers are being used to supply water in most city neighbourhoods, still residents do not get enough water, says Anil Sahu, a resident of Chola road.

“Municipal Corporation’s tanker comes once every two days, and a lot of chaos takes place every time people want to fill their buckets at the same time,” he says.

Residents say that the Municipal Corporation continues to collect taxes but does not supply even drinking water to them. They say they have been demanding that neighbourhoods be connected with Kolar water supply pipelines.