Water crisis: Irked locals protest against civic body; 600 challaned for water wastage

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
  • Updated: May 21, 2016 13:54 IST
Residents of LIG Colony protesting outside MC sub-office at Sherpur in Ludhiana on Friday. (HT Photo)

Agitated over no water supply to the area for past three days in this scorching weather, residents of LIG Colony in Jamalpur staged a protest against the municipal corporation (MC) by beating empty buckets at sub-office of MC at Sherpur, Ludhiana.

Residents, who were forced to live in severe water crisis owing to the negligence of civic body in taking care of the problem, alleged that they had been facing water shortage for past three months.

Residents have been running from pillar to post to get water. They have either been purchasing water bottles from market or bringing water tanks to the area.

Gurjit Singh, a resident of LIG Colony, said, “There is no fixed schedule for water supply. For past three months, water is being supplied for one or half an hour in the morning and for an hour at midnight.”

“We have been subjected to inconvenience in this hot weather. Mostly people in the area are from economically weaker section. But, the MC is not paying heed to our problems,” he said.

Singh said, “MC officials generally focus on posh areas of the city. People in areas like our colony have been suffering as there is no check on water supply, sewerage and sanitation conditions.”

Jasmine Kaur, another resident, said, “It has become difficult to cook food with no water in our houses. Some residents are forced to visit other areas to bring water in buckets.”

When contacted, MC Zone-B commissioner Kamlesh Bansal assured that a team of the MC would visit the area and ensure proper water supply. He directed the superintending engineer to take immediate measures in this regard. Following protest, water supply to the areas was resumed in afternoon.

Over 600 challaned for wasting water

Ever since it started the drive to issue challans for water wastage this summer, the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation has fined 616 violators for wasting water for washing of vehicles and floors till now.

The MC has issued 78 challans in Zone A, 177 challans in Zone B, 177 challans and 184 challans in Zone D. Sources said wastage of water is still going on in many areas.

MC commissioner Ghanshyam Thori said, “Officials have issued over 600 challans for wastage of water from April 1 till now. Now, we are mulling the idea to start night vigil as well because there are reports that a few people have started washing their cars at night.”

“The officials have been told to take up the challaning drive strictly, so that wastage of water can be prevented,” he said.

Additional commissioner Rishipal Singh said, “We have also intensified drive against use of banned polythene.”

The officials said that they were planning to target the end users for ensuring complete ban on its usage, they added.

Thori said, “Since both the notifications are new, we are adopting twin method for its implementation. First, we are creating awareness over the issue and secondly, we are issuing challans only to repeated defaulters.”

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