Expect normal water supply by Saturday evening after some relief on Friday. That was the message from the authorities as Chandigarh and SAS Nagar reeled under a water crisis for the eighth day on Wednesday due to damaged pipelines at Kajauli waterworks.
Authorities claimed to have completed 90% of the work on the phase-3 pipeline while the phase-4 line would also be fine by Thursday evening. Superintending engineer, public health, Chandigarh MC, RC Diwan said, "Rain hampered work at the site (around 25km from Chandigarh) on Wednesday, but we are hopeful of restoring the supply by Friday. We are trying our best to have absolutely normal supply by Saturday morning," he said.
Residents of southern sectors in Chandigarh, particularly those above the ground floor, bore the brunt of low-pressure supply. Officers tasked with complaint redress again did not take calls. When asked why he and others were not responding to calls, one officer said, "We cannot do anything as we do not have the resources to tackle the situation. We are totally dependent on the repairs."
In SAS Nagar, though, the district administration pressed 100 tankers into service in Phases 9, 10, 11, Sector 70 and 71, stationing the free tankers at almost every corner.
However, Congress workers on Wednesday held protest at Dussehra Grounds near the traffic lights of Phase 7. They were led by party MLA Balbir Singh Sidhu, who blamed the district administration as well as the Akali-BJP government for the water woes.
It's shocking that in eight days the pipes cannot be repaired in this day and age of modern technology. We want immediate stern action against the officials responsible.
Mukesh Nishchal, gen sec, Chandigarh Residents' Social Welfare Federation
For over a week now, we haven't been able to wash clothes or utensils. For personal use, we have to fetch water from a tanker. Why was there no back-up in the first place?
Pooja Gulati, Phase 9, SAS Nagar
For queries, call
SAS Nagar: Gurparkash Singh on 98725-11923
Chandigarh: BK Dhawan on 98725-11246