The Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA), which is responsible for supplying drinking water in Panchkula, claimed it had still not been able to ascertain the reasons behind residents of Sector 19 getting contaminated water. Since Friday over 250 persons are reported to have fallen ill in the subsequent diarrhoea outbreak. On Sunday night an old woman died while being taken to General Hospital in Sector 6, and it is suspected it could be due to illness triggered by drinking the unsafe water.
“HUDA says it is yet to ascertain the cause behind the water contamination and has claimed there was no leakage in the water supply. Investigations in to the incident are continuing,” said Panchkula deputy commissioner SS Phulia.
There are five tubewells in Sector 19 which come under HUDA for supply of water in Panchkula. As the reasons for the contamination are still not known, water supply will continue to homes in Sector 19. As a precautionary measure some residents are using mineral water or dissolving chlorine tablets in the water supplied, while others are relying on water tankers.
Meanwhile, patients complaining of diarrhoea symptoms were still arriving at the dispensary in Sector 19. Doctors there said 13 patients had been admitted on Monday one of whom had to be referred to the General Hospital in Sector 6.
Chief medical officer Dr VK Bansal, who has been heading the teams of doctors engaged in controlling the diarrhea breakout, advised residents to boil about 20 litres of water and mix chlorine tablets in it after it cooled down. “Chlorine tablets are available at the Sector 19 dispensary, which has been kept open round the clock since Friday. People should also avoid eating cut fruits and vegetables,” he said.
Nine HUDA junior engineers who have been deputed in Sector 19 will be responsible for ensuring safe water supply in the area as well as distribution of chlorine tablets. The district administration has provided the cellular numbers of the officials appointed: From house numbers 1 to 150 — Darshan Lal (94175-47620); from nos 151 to 300 — Mohar Singh (80541-53554); from nos 301 to 450 — Ashok Kumar (98728-48321); from nos 451 to 600 — PC Mittal (98150-71739); from nos 601 to 750 — Ramesh Ranga (92178-03040); from nos 751 to 880 — Satyawan (94175-91241), from nos 881 to 1050 — Madan Lal (94179-79639); and from nos 1051 to 1300 — Darshan Singh (94173-75937).