To deal with severe water crisis, the SAS Nagar administration has decided to impose a ban on washing cars, courtyards and watering lawns during peak morning hours (from 6am to 9am).
A warning will be issued for violating orders for the first time and a challan of Rs 1,000 would be imposed for violating the orders for the second time.
Public health executive engineer RP Gupta said: “The orders will be implemented strictly from May 22 to July 31 and for this we have constituted seven teams. Initially, we will issue notices and a fine of Rs 1,000 would be imposed for the second time. In case someone is found violating the orders for the third time, the water supply would be disconnected.”
“Water supply of people who have connected motors to lift water directly will also be disconnected as the practice is illegal,” he added.
SAS Nagar requires 23 MGD water per day but at present only 13.2 MGD was available, which leaves the city short of 9.8 MGD per day. As in peak summer season the demand for water increases manifold and wastage of water leads to severe shortage.