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Finally, potable water for Dalits

punjab Updated: Jul 21, 2012 13:23 IST
Surinder Maan
Surinder Maan
Hindustan Times

The Moga administration has ordered an inquiry into the drinking water shortage being faced by Dalits in Mehna village of district Moga for the last few days.

On July 18, HT had reported the issue and how the water supply and sanitation department was ignoring the plea of more than 1,200 Dalit residents of Mehna for regular water supply and repair of pipes, which were leaking at various places.

Deputy commissioner Arshdeep Singh Thind said senior officials of water supply and sanitation department visited Mehna on Thursday and found that water supply connections were not given according to the rules.

"The officials told me that the problem in the Dalit localities will be solved in the next two days," Thind said. "I have made it clear to the officials concerned that if any employee was found guilty in this matter, the administration will not spare him."

Mehna sarpanch Harpal Singh said the gram panchayat and the water supply department had assured the villagers that drinking water would be provided to them. "But we also told the villagers that if they want water supply, they should clear their pending bills soon." he said.

"The pipes will be repaired soon, but the administration will not allow wastage of water," Thind said. "The common water supply points will be covered by taps and illegal pumps will be removed immediately."

The deputy commissioner said a few days ago the main pipe of the waterworks had broken.

"Due to this water supply was affected for some time," he said. "Now I have ordered the department concerned to ensure that drinking water was available regularly in the village in the next two days."