Continuous problem of voltage fluctuations coupled with frequent breakdowns in the rising mains of multi-crore Giri lift drinking water scheme has further deepened the water crisis in and around the town as water supply remained suspended in several localities for the fourth consecutive day on Thursday.
Meanwhile, irked over the failure of the officials concerned of the state power board in providing uninterrupted power supply to the Gaura pumping station, frontline leaders of the ruling Congress asked the officials to initiate measures to ensure proper supply immediately as any laxity on their part would be viewed seriously.
The leaders also asked the officials of the irrigation and public health (IPH) department to make necessary arrangements for the prevention of frequent breakdowns in the rising mains, leading to hardships to the people of the town and adjoining areas, failing which issue would be taken up with the chief minister.
Troubled brewed up following a breakdown in the rising main between Solan and Guara pumping stations on Tuesday. It was further aggravated after another breakdown in the second rising main on Wednesday owing to voltage fluctuation.
The authorities of the IPH department, which were providing around 16 lakh gallons of water to local municipal council, responsible for distributing the same in and around the town, was forced to suspend the lifting operations that deepened the water crisis in the town.
“The failure of the officials concerned in maintaining regular water supply shows that certain officials are acting as agents of the previous BJP government. Continuous problem of voltage fluctuation and frequent breakdowns is indicative that power board officials and IPH instead of shouldering the responsibility as public servants are passing the buck on each other,” said Congress spokesman Ajay Singh Chauhan.
Though the authorities of the IPH as usual have blamed the power board officials for not maintaining the needed voltage that was forcing them to suspend the water lifting operations, sources revealed that the present crisis arose owing to failure of the IPH authorities in laying the alternate rising main from the pumping station to supply the water in and around the town.
As against the daily requirement of around 18 lakh gallons, the department on Monday supplied over 40 lakh litre water, but owing to MC's “faulty distribution” system, the water crisis further deepened in the town.
Sub-divisional officer, IPH department, Ritesh Gupta said despite breakdown in the rising mains, the department supplied the needed water to the MC adding that rising mains would be repaired by Thursday evening.