Even as the municipal council spends lavishly on awareness campaigns to save water, drinking water has been leaking from pipes supplying water to residents of Ajit Nagar, for over a month now.
The Kapurthala municipal council has failed to stop this leakage. The pipes were reportedly installed by the Punjab Water Supply and Sewerage Board to restore the supply of drinking water, which was disturbed due to digging while laying underground sewerage in the region.
The continuous leakage in the water-supply pipes has created pools on roads, which are by and large inundated and it has been causing inconvenience to people passing by the road. Thousands of schoolchildren studying in the three main schools also pass through the route and must be disappointed at the state of affairs.
When the HT team visited the area, water was leaking at four different places and people had unsuccessfully tried to plug the leakage, using cloth or other material.
“It depicts the lack of coordination in the functioning of different departments. The district administration, the municipal council, the Punjab Water Supply and Sewerage Board and L&T are all busy passing the buck. The residents are suffering. In the region, water is flowing without any interruption on the roads,” said Jagjit Singh, a local resident.
The Ajit Nagar locality is one of the biggest localities of region with population of over 5,000.
Muddy and potholed regions dot the area as the water weakens the concrete. “The water stagnates and becomes a breeding ground for mosquitoes. I suffered a skin infection and had to get three-month treatment from a hospital due to it,” said Ranjit Singh, a local resident.
“During monsoon, conditions are a nightmare and it becomes impossible to commute on roads,” said another resident Ramesh Bamotra.
“Pipes laid are above the road surface and this can even lead to accidents. Sometimes, two wheelers slip while crossing the pipes. It was assured that this is the make-shift arrangement. We assumed that this was at best a make-shift arrangement. However, even after seven months, no improvement has been made,” he added.
MC executive engineer Sandeep Tiwari said, “We have written to the authorities of Punjab Water Supply and Sewerage Board, who have not given us any favourable response. After taking the district administration into confidence, we are moving a fresh application in this regard.”