The city residents, especially those residing on upper floors, continue to reel under water shortage for about a month. The problem remains acute in southern sectors.
Although the municipal corporation (MC) has approved a budget of Rs 22 crore for augmenting water supply to the city this year, things have not changed.
While residents say the civic body has failed to learn from the past and has not upgraded its water supply distribution system, MC officials show helplessness, saying that the demand for water keeps going up every summer.
MC superintending engineer NP Sharma said: “The demand has shot up and we do not have enough water, leading to low pressure. But the situation will improve within two to three days as pre-monsoon showers are expected soon.”
At present, Chandigarh is getting only 80 million gallon per day (MGD) of water from the Kajauli waterworks and tubewells against the demand of 116 MGD. A gap of 36 MGD in the demand and supply remains despite the installation of 38 tubewells last year.
The sectors worst-affected by low water pressure are Sectors 1 to 12, 15, 22, 27, 28, 31, 32, 34, 35, 44, 45, 46 and 48 to 51.
Congress councillor Mukesh Bassi said: “The poor planning of the civic body has come to the fore. The officials are not serious about solving the problem. Even leakage points are not checked and the MC has failed to monitor the water supply system.”
Federation of Sectors Welfare Association chairman Baljinder Singh Bittu said the water crisis affected people residing on upper floors the most.
Pointing to the wastage of water, he said: “There are various hydrants and water lines that continue to leak and thousands of gallons of water are wasted. In colonies, taps remain open for days together. Neither the MC officials check this wastage, nor do the colony residents complain about it.”
SITUATION NO BETTER IN SAS NAGAR
The situation is no better in SAS Nagar. Residents say water supply has not improved despite several complaints. While most places suffer from limited water supply, in some areas, residents are getting no water at all.
A snag in Phase 3 of the Kajauli waterworks, which the administration claimed will be taken care of a couple of days back, has left the residents high and dry. The worst-affected areas are Phases 9 and 10, Industrial Areas, Phase 1 to 5 and Phase 11, besides Phase 3B2.
Although water supply to parks has been disconnected, residents are still getting only partial supply.
Anoop Soni, a resident of Phase 9, said, “We have been facing severe water shortage for the past several days.”Santosh Saini from Phase X said that there was hardly any water pressure on the upper floors.
Executive engineer Anil Kumar, however, said the snag had been rectified.
“The repair work took around 36 hours and after that the situation is under control. One of the reasons for low water pressure is fluctuation in electricity fluctuation,”he said.
The present demand for water in SAS Nagar is around 25 MGD, against the actual supply of 13 MGD. A total of 10 MGD is being supplied through four pipelines of the Kajauli waterworks, while the rest 3 MGD comes from nearly 55 tubewells.