Due to heavy dependence on tubewells for drawing daily quota of water, the groundwater level in Amritsar is fast depleting and the water here is laced with toxins and chemicals.
The same holds true for Ludhiana as well.
The scenario prevailing in both the cities took politicians, experts from Punjab Agriculture University (PAU), Ludhiana, Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) and other officials on Thursday to ponder over the scenario and mull over ways to curb water pollution.
According to the civic body officials, more than 20 per cent population in Amritsar and 13 per cent in Ludhiana was deprived of government water supply despite claims of the civic authorities of making efforts to provide basic amenities to all.
Amritsar's daily water needs are increasing with an increase in the population, with the city consuming 175 litres per capita water every day.
As many as 350 tubewells are drawing water from underground resources around the clock, which is quite alarming, according to the MC authorities.
The available water is hard with traces of metals, arsenic and lead in it. This, coupled with the non-availability of sewerage and the consequent