With the Chandigarh municipal corporation only challaning residents of southern sectors in the city in the last nine days of their drive that began on April 15, northern sectors of the city continue to be privileged.
Not even a single challan has been issued to the residents of northern sectors to date, while 18 teams constituted to check water wastage during morning hours have imposed fine of Rs 2,000 each on 30 residents of southern sectors, with maximum in Sector 19, 25, 27 and 46.
The MC had imposed the ban on use of potable water for watering of lawns, washing cars and roads between 5.30am and 9am from April 15 to June 30. According to sources, the MC teams hardly visit northern sectors and their focus is just on southern sectors.
Unequal water distribution as well
As per a report prepared by the water expert committee in October 2014, there is an unequal distribution of water in the northern and southern sectors. Residents of the northern sectors, including Sectors 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9 and 10 have been getting around 1,000 litre per capita per day (LPCD), whereas those living in Sectors 33, 34, 35, 36, and 49 have been getting only 400 LPCD.
No rationalisation to date
The report had recommended that there will be rationalisation between northern and southern sectors, but no efforts have been made to do so to date. Average domestic consumption per day by the city residents is 250 litre as compared to 135 litres at the national level.
Officials also admit that the average domestic per capita consumption during winter and summer is more or less the same. The report further stated that the expenditure incurred by the MC is wasteful, as no rationalisation has been done despite having excess water.
Existing supply enough to satisfy demand up to 2026
The existing water supply is sufficient to cater to the demand up to 2026, taking into consideration the growth rate of city’s population, as per the report. Moreover, water supply to the city villages has a separate network that gets supply from tube wells.
Ban restricted only to notices in SAS Nagar
Though ban on washing cars, courtyard and watering lawns during peak hours 6am to 9am is in place in SAS Nagar from April 16 to June 30, only 667 notices have been issued by the administration to date and none has been challaned in the past nine days under the challaning drive.
Most of the notices have been issued for washing cars in new sectors. The water supply and sanitation department has constituted 15 teams to check the water wastage here. Executive engineer water supply and sanitation department said, “As many as 667 notices have been issued so far. The notices act as deterrent and we have not found second time violators.”
“The department has distributed pamphlets, creating awareness about the ban, but they do not carry contact numbers in case someone wants to complain,” said member of the district water supply and sanitation department advisory committee Vineet Verma. The district water supply and sanitation department has banned watering of lawns or washing of cars from April 15 till June 30 in Mohali. To ensure strict compliance, the department had also stated that the water supply connections of those found violating ban could be disconnected.
1) First-time defaulters to get warning notice
2) Second-time defaulters to be fined Rs 2,000 that will be charged in water bill
3) Water supply connections to be disconnected in case of violation for the third time; connection to be restored only after the violator pays Rs 5,000 fine.