Reeling under acute water crisis for the past fortnight, the residents of the Markel Colony took it to the street with empty buckets in hand.
Hundreds of agitated residents raised slogans against the corporation and trumpeted their buckets to make their point.
Susheel Nayar, a resident of ward number 28, said, “We have lodged numerous complaints to the concerned authorities, but nobody is paying any attention. We are left with no option, but to agitate.”
With the water table declining alarmingly in several localities, and an inordinate delay in the execution of the much-trumpeted schemes, many areas in the city have been facing severe water shortage this summer.
“The situation in our ward has worsened in the last ten days. We are totally dependent on the water tanks, but those also come irregularly,” said Nayar.
Municipal commissioner Gurlovleen Singh said, “The problem is due to a motor that stopped working. We have got the dysfunctional motor removed, and would soon drill a borewell to solve the problem.”
Gurlovleen said the ward would receive water for limited hours in the coming days. “We are making arrangements for more water tanks. It takes time to solve such problems,” he said.
Sanjeev Kumar Bitto, the newly elected councillor, also visited the ward after the agitation.
Bitto, however, was not too keen on the borewell idea. “It is a temporary measure at the best. Instead of installing tube-wells, the residents should be supplied water through tanks. It’s chlorinated and, unlike tube-wells, doesn’t have problems of unequal pressure,” he said.
Bitto promised to take serious measures to resolve the crisis after the formation of the committee. It will take another 12 to 15 days for a new borewell. Till then the residents would have to rely on the tankers.