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Contaminated water in some colonies

WATER, ALREADY in short supply, has now become undrinkable for residents of at least half-a-dozen localities. Reports of brackish, foul-smelling water being supplied have trickled in from Juni Risala, Iqbal Colony, Imli Bazaar, Kumharkhedi and Hukamchand Colony, as well as several other areas.

india Updated: Apr 09, 2006 22:23 IST

WATER, ALREADY in short supply, has now become undrinkable for residents of at least half-a-dozen localities. Reports of brackish, foul-smelling water being supplied have trickled in from Juni Risala, Iqbal Colony, Imli Bazaar, Kumharkhedi and Hukamchand Colony, as well as several other areas.

The reports have sparked fears of a repeat of last year’s incident when several people fell prey to diarrhoea and gastroenteritis after drinking water contaminated by sewage waste.

Nearly 30 complaints of contaminated water supply have been received from the localities over the past 48 hours. Most of the affected colonies adjoin nullahs and open drains, and residents say the water is being contaminated by leaky sewerage lines alongside supply mains.

The residents also cite holes dug in the ground and damage caused to supply mains during construction of roads as possible causes of water supply contamination.

After a spate of complaints regarding the quality of water at the Control Room as well as zone and ward offices, the Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC) has deployed Waterworks Department gangs to detect and plug the leaks.

The teams will carry out the leak detection task in addition to their present task of cracking down on people using booster pumps to draw water directly from supply mains.

Last year, several residents of Chandra Prabhash Shekhar Nagar, Kumar Khedi and Secunderabad Colony had fallen victim to gastroenteritis and diarrhoea after drinking contaminated water.

Lakshmipuri, Banganga, Vrindavan Colony, Snehlataganj, Mahesh Guard Lines, Raj Nagar, Damodar Nagar and Indira Nagar are among the areas from where contaminated water supply has been reported.

Attempts to contact Mayor-in-Council member in-charge of Waterworks Munnalal Yadav on the issue proved futile, as he was attending a budgetary meeting.