The tall claims of the Chandigarh municipal corporation (MC) have fallen flat as city residents, especially those residing on first and second floors, are facing acute shortage of water for the past three days.
In the MC House meetings held last year, the MC had approved estimates worth ` 2 crore for installation of 29 tubewells to overcome shortage of water during summers and in the event when the 6 million gallon water would be supplied to Haryana. It was also assured that tubewells would be installed by April this year, but they were yet to be commissioned due to nonavailability of power connection.
Sectors that are worst affected with low pressure include Sectors 1 to 12, 15, 22, 27, 28, 31, 32, 34, 35, 44, 45, 46 and 48 to 51. Even the overhead tanks are lying empty.
However, when contacted, executive engineer (current duty charge) BK Dhawan admitted, “The demand has shot up and we do not have enough water to supply it at adequate pressure.”
Nominated councillor Surinder Bahga said, “The poor planning of civic body has come to the fore. They should have done their work before summers only. Also, till date, Chandigarh is not supplying water to Haryana, but what would have been the situation had the MC supplied 6MGD water to Haryana.”