Despite complete ban on water wastage by the municipal corporation (MC), many people are still being found violating the norms.
If one takes a round of different areas of the city during morning hours, people can be seen wasting plenty of water for washing cars and verandahs in front of their houses. But, MC has failed to keep a proper check on this wastage.
Several areas, including Shimlapuri, Manjeet Nagar, Kotmangal Singh Nagar and Gill Road have been facing shortage of water.
Residents of these areas say MC supplies chlorinated water so that it is safe for human consumption, but people keep wasting it.
Due to this lackadaisical attitude of city residents, water table is going alarmingly down.
Moreover, some residents use tullu pumps to fill water tanks, which often leak, thus causing wastage of water. In old city areas, several taps at public places flow continuously during supply hours. But, there is no check on them.
Most of the violations of water wastage have been found in posh areas, including Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar, Sarbaha Nagar, Gurdev Nagar, Model Town and Maharaj Nagar among others.
Dr Harmeet Singh Thind, head of soil science department, said, "More than 50cm water is getting depleted annually. Ground water replenishes at a slow rate, than its usage. The department concerned should take serious action so that people do not waste water."
This practice of wastage of water is going rampant, as most of the people wash their cars regularly. Due to this practice, ground water is getting depleted day-by-day. MC should take strict action to stop these violations.
Amarjeet Jassal, resident, Ghumar Mandi
There are several areas, which are still facing the problem of potable water, but on the other side posh areas people are wasting water by cleaning cars and washing verandahs roads. MC should impose heavy fine on the violators so that no one in future even wastes water.
Simarjot Kaur, resident, Barewal Road
Wastage of water will impact people in the long run. MC should impose heavy fines on the violators, so that ground water depletion is stopped.
Manvinder Makkar, councillor, ward number 48
We are regularly issuing challans to the violators. We are preparing our team, but due to shortage of staff we are not able to cover all the areas. Kamlesh Bansal, superintendent engineer, operation and maintenance wing, Zone A and B, MC