June is turning out to be the cruelest month this year for the denizens of the royal city. Adding to the woes of city residents suffering due to scorching heat is the acute power and water crises as well this summer season.
The long and unscheduled power cuts daily have added to the residents' miseries. For the past fortnight, the power cuts have also resulted in the severe shortage of drinking water.
"No power and no water, it's become a routine of sorts for us," said Sandeep, a student of BTech at Punjabi University.
Both the boys and girls' hostels in the university have been without water for the past three days. "We are at the mercy of the water tankers, which come now and then. It's an especially testing time for us as our exams are on and we are not able to study due to the frequent power cuts," said Sandeep.
A random visit to many localities of the city revealed that almost every area was facing shortage of water supply.
The areas under the preview of the municipal corporation were mostly dependent on the water tankers. The civic body authorities were sending water tankers to the areas where the shortage was severe. In many places, though, the residents complained that the tankers were not being sent regularly.
"We have had no water for the last two days. Despite our persistent requests, no tanker has been sent to our colony," complained Krishna Devi from Jujjhar Nagar.
Raman Singh from Mathura Colony said that the water supply was erratic and the pressure was so low it was taking at least one hour to fill a single bucket.
The civic body officials, however, blamed the shortage of water to the ongoing power crisis in the area.
"Many of our pump operators have complained that they were not getting adequate power to run the water pumps to full capacities. The low pressure is because of the shortage and inadequate supply of power," said assistant commissioner Najar Singh.
"I am living in this city for the past 30 years, but have never seen such acute water crisis. The civic body claims they have installed 75 new tube-wells in the past five years. But the problem seems to have worsened," said a resident Himmat Singh.