Acute water shortage during peak summer months is a common problem every year, but authorities it seems haven't taken any cue from it and this year too residents continue to suffer.
Despite recommendations of a committee formed last year to tackle shortage of water, nothing has been done in this regard and it is the residents of few sectors, who are at the receiving end.
Though shortage of water has been reported in the entire city, complaints of acute water shortage are being received from sectors 7, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 30, 32, 34, 44, 45, 46 and 47.
Those residing on top floors are the ones who suffer the most, as water fails to reach the top floor due to low pressure. Surprisingly, the public health department of the municipal corporation, which discontinued the afternoon supply, had failed to resume supply in winters as well.
While giving a presentation regarding water shortage in Chandigarh to UT finance secretary VK Singh in February this year, the MC officials admitted that there was skewed distribution of water between northern and southern sectors. Residents of northern sectors, including those of sectors 2, 3, 4, 5 and 9, were drawing 1,000 litres per capita per day (LPCD), whereas those residing in sectors 33, 34, 35, 36, and 49 were drawing only 400 LPCD.
The MC had assured the UT administration that to overcome water shortage, excess per capita supply would be curtailed sector-wise and that pressure gauges would be installed extensively at various locations to monitor pressure at different points, but nothing has been done so far.
As per official records, two years ago Chandigarh residents were getting water supply for nearly 15 hours, in the morning, afternoon and evening. However, alleged improper management on part of officials concerned has adversely affected the water distribution evenly throughout the city in the past two years.
Chairman water supply and sewerage disposal committee, Shagufta Parveen, when contacted admitted that there was acute shortage of water in the southern sectors. We are holding special meeting in this regard with the officials concerned on June 3, she added.
NK Jhingan, president, Kendriya Sarkarth Karamchari Awasiya Sudhar Kalyan Sabha, Sector 7
As many as 5,000 central government employees residing at a colony in Sector 7, Chandigarh, are facing acute water shortage for the past 10 days. Top floor residents are the worst affected, as some of them don't even get a single drop of water. They have to fetch water from the ground floor. The central public works department (CPWD) authorities did install a water booster and tubewell this year, but due to some technical reason the water failed to reach the top floors.
Sateesh Kumar Dadwal, resident of Sector 44
The water pressure at Sector 44 is extremely low. The water fails to reach top floors of the three-storey Chandigarh Housing Board Flats. The problem persists since 1988, when I started residing here. The MC engineers have not been able to satisfy residents despite installing two booster pump stations for Sector 44 A and 44 B. We have given several representations to the MC, but to no avail.
Malkiat Singh, MC councillor
Those residing on the first and second floors at Buterla village in Sector 41 are the worst affected, as it has been a fortnight that they haven't received water in the area. Harried area residents alleged that nothing has been done to redress their grievance despite informing the authorities. They said they have to fetch water from the ground floor. I being the councillor feel helpless, as despite reminding the authorities several times, no one has come to redress their problem.