HT Readers' take: Why waste water? Think, act, save
Residents of Greater Chandigarh face two acute problems — electricity and water. These are the most important part of a decent living.chandigarh Updated: Jun 01, 2015 14:37 IST
35% extra water supply to Greater Chandigarh must
Residents of Greater Chandigarh face two acute problems — electricity and water. These are the most important part of a decent living.
In Greater Chandigarh, these problems vary from area to area. In northern sectors, the problem is less acute, but it goes on increasing towards its periphery.
At distant points like Zirakpur, Dera Bassi and Kharar, the condition is worse. More sources of electricity like solar energy have to be tapped.
To meet the needs of an expanding city, at least 35% more water must be supplied to Greater Chandigarh. Big water reservoirs for storing water must be constructed. Residents, on the other hand, should use water and power judiciously.
PARAS R KALOTRA, SAS Nagar
Punjab, Haryana, UT should sort out issues together
Basic needs in any city are electricity, water, parking and streetlights.
In Chandigarh, preference is given to northern sectors than southern. Panchkula, SAS Nagar and areas falling in Greater Chandigarh have virtually no facilities.
Responsibility lies with governments concerned. Punjab, Haryana and UT have to sit together and sort out the issue.
The mismatch between demand and supply has to be addressed and solution to be worked out.
People themselves have to be self disciplined and use water and power judiciously.
At the government’s level, power and water leakages should to be plugged with dedication.
DEVINDER GARG, Chandigarh
Unplanned urbanisation is to blame for the mess
Despite the Capital of Punjab Periphery Control Act 1952, which is meant to check unauthorised construction in the adjoining states on Chandigarh’s periphery, unplanned urbanisation has continued unabated in these areas.
Uncontrolled influx of population has affected the existing infrastructure badly, particularly the basic amenities, including power and water. People should be sensitive about the issue of saving water and power.
Governments need to come up with mandatory rain-harvesting policy for every household to raise groundwater level.
RP MALHOTRA, Panchkula
Even VIP sectors do not get water daily
This summer, Chandigarh and its neighbouring areas, including SAS Nagar and Panchkula, are badly in grip of water and power shortage. Even VIP areas like Sector 2 in Chandigarh do not get daily water supply.
The administration is least interested in addressing residents’ woes. Residents should be sensitised to adopt natural water harvesting or solar plants.
OPINDER KAUR SEKHON, Chandigarh.
Scenario in and around tricity is gloomy
Power and water scenario in and around the tricity is grim and gloomy. The adjoining states that supply us power, quite often say that they will soon be power surplus, which is more said than done.
Water falls under nature’s domain and is, therefore, unpredictable and inconsistent. Generation and judicious use are perhaps the only options available.
Governments can plug leakages and take unauthorised users to task. Such steps might dilute our woes to some extent.
Moreover, rapidly growing population adds to our woes.
JS JASPAL, Chandigarh
Extended city, admn lack cohesion
Chandigarh is facing numerous problems. Extended city and administration lacks cohesion in tackling them. Let’s prioritise these problems.
First and foremost is the housing problem. Over one lakh houseless and slum dwellers need to be adequately rehabilitated. Second is the shortage of approx 25 MGD of drinking water and ensuring uninterrupted power supply during the peak summers (existing shortage 50 MW).
Thirdly, during summers, power consumption and demand rises. The main sufferers are the satellite localities, where major power cuts are imposed. The load needs to be evenly distributed and additional transformers installed. On our part, we must be part of problem solving and not creating.
COLONEL RD SINGH (RETD), Ambala Cantt
Appropriate usage of resources holds the key
Ever since we gained independence, an average citizen, due to his own evasiveness, is just lurking and crumbling for basic necessities like water, power and two square meals a day.
He is burdened further with false promises and blatant misappropriations of funds by politicians. Our national psychology is grasping whatever available through freebies/subsidies.
We have no shortage of resources. Powerful people keep exploiting the resources, while common man just criticises.
Our behavioural maturity towards appropriate usage of national resources alone holds the key.
MPS CHADHA, SAS Nagar
Admn should come up with decent plan
Chandigarh MP Kirron Kher recently said that Chandigarh would get additional 40 MGD of water from the Bhakra main line and is at present receiving 80 MGD from BML.
Whereas, the fact is that the city is only getting 58 MGD and the additional 40 MGD was never made available.
The UT administration needs to be more concerned about the basic amenities and come up with a decent plan in order to improve the same.
BHAVYA GAIND, Panchkula
Residents must go frugal
Rising population in Chandigarh’s satellite townships, including Panchkula, Mohali, Zirakpur, Greater Mohali (Kharar) and Dera Bassi has made the water and power problems worse in these areas.
With summer season at its peak, power and water supply go for a toss. The authorities concerned cannot be solely held responsible for the sorry state of affairs. Residents should also do their bit.
RAMESH K DHIMAN, Chandigarh
Situation remains the same every year
As soon as summers approach, administrations in the tricity raise issue of water and power crises. The situation remains the same every year.
Thanks to media that raises these points often, but officials concerned seldom come up with ideas to address the issues. Chandigarh gets its power from three sources — Mohali, Dhilkot and Nalagarh.
But there is huge gap between demand and supply. Peak demand is around 390 MW, while available power from all sources is 280 MW. Panchkula and Mohali, too, face long and unannounced power cuts.
Poor distribution system and crisscrossing/bundled overhead cables can be blamed for the mess.
MANJINDER PAL SINGH, SAS Nagar
Ministry of home affair should call meeting of all three states
Haphazard growth of townships around Chandigarh has put tremendous pressure on the city beautiful Chandigarh’s infrastructure.
This has created traffic congestion on the entry points of the city and it may further add to so many problems.
The ministry of home affair should call a meeting of three states in association with technical officers of the estate department concerned to find a solution of difficulties faced by public.
SUKHPAL SINGH, via email
Save energy by avoiding wasteful consumption
Electricity and water (energy) is a scarce commodity and are closely linked. It is, therefore, most important to save energy by avoiding wasteful consumption.
We must use equipment that are efficient and save energy. Water can be conserved by using rain barrels at home and car owners should reduce frequency of washing their cars.
We should close taps tightly after use. In-depth energy audit is must to identify areas of inefficiency and operational loss.
RANJIT SINGH DHILLON, Chandigarh
Residents should not wash their cars daily
Two basic problems of water and electricity are aggravating the woes of Chandigarh and Greater Chandigarh residents.
In the scorching heat of May and June, everyone expects fulfillment of at least these two basic facilities from the government.
Residents should also help the government by not wasting water by washing cars daily. Power can be saved by judicial use of electronic gadgets at home.
SUMAN KANSAL, Panchkula
Southern sectors, villages need co-ordinated attention
Southern sectors and villages around Chandigarh need much better and co-ordinated attention.
The word and concept of ‘Greater Chandigarh’ is not quite known. Chandigarh, with its sectors from 1 to 56 is a medium sized, mostly well-planned city.
It started primarily with Sector 22 and expanded in N-S and E-W directions. The sectors upwards of Madhya Marg are the best and VIP sectors. Similar situation exists almost in all metropolitan cities.
The villages around Chandigarh’s sectorial periphery are underdeveloped and along with the southern sectors need much better and coordinated attention.
TEJINDER SINGH KALRA, SAS Nagar
Let us not over stretch city’s infrastructure
Haphazard urbanisation on the city’s periphery has led to water woes, frequent power cuts and shutdowns. Aauthorities should play a proactive role in putting an end to it by strengthening the existing infrastructure.
As residents, we must understand that getting a water connection and electric connection in the new house in the periphery is not enough for a happy stay. We must also avoid wastage of the same.
SC LUTHRA, Manimajra
Long-term planning, short-term solutions need of hour
Water and power crises are basic to any city and not only limited to our tricity. Ever-increasing demand is beyond anyone to meet, unless there is a foresight and a long-term planning coupled with short-term solutions.
There is need for regular monitoring at all fronts, including generation, losses/wastage or regulation. Lack of will on part of governments may be one of the causes of all the woes of residents.
Interstate disputes should not be allowed to come in the way of residents’ problems.
DS BANATI, Mohali
Authorities have failed to check leakages
Panchkula, Mohali, Kharar, Zirakpur, among other towns on the Haryana and Punjab side of Chandigarh, are part of Greater Chandigarh.
Water supply remains a problem in these areas as the authorities have failed to check leakages and misuse of the same. Even they do not care about wastage of water in office buildings.
Authorities concerned should make a proper policy regarding water supply according to basic needs of people.
SUMESH KUMAR BADHWAR, SAS NAGAR
Govt officials do not bother to switch off lights
People living in southern sectors, Panchkula, Zirakpur, Mohali and Kharar face problems of acute shortage of drinking water, power and other amenities as compared to Chandigarh.
Water supply is also much below demand. Major factor behind unwarranted water and power shortage is excessive urbanisation.
The builders and developers are using scarce drinking water for construction purposes and residents are also wasting drinking water for irrigating lawns and washing cars without realising its adverse effects.
Government officials, too, do not bother to switch off air conditioners, lights, fans and heaters when not in use.
CAPT AMAR JEET KUMAR, SAS Nagar
Develop Chandigarh as a metropolis
Although population of Chandigarh has crossed the one-million mark as per the Census 2011, yet the city beautiful is yet to be declared as a “metropolitan area”.
Despite being joint capital of Punjab and Haryana, one wonders why hitherto neither any of these chief ministers, nor even any administrator has ever raised this demand seriously and strongly at an appropriate forum! One wonders why this city, which has second highest population density in the country, is still to be accorded status of a metropolis.
The formal declaration of this status would not merely be symbolic, but it would eventually bring much-needed privileges to the city.
HEMANT KUMAR, Ambala City
Authorities should devise ingenious ways
While embarking upon new projects for residential, commercial or industrial purposes, it is the prime duty of the planners to have in place a proper blueprint for making available the most-essential amenities like electricity and water.
One cannot fathom life without power and water that have become indispensable part of our survival. Authorities concerned should devise ingenious ways to ensure that no user suffers because of shortfalls.
VIJAY KUMAR SOI, Chandigarh
Make policies keeping in mind city’s future needs
Our city beautiful is facing a lot of problems and the Chandigarh administration has failed to solve these problems. Transport, water, electricity, housing and maintenance of roads and government houses are the major problems being faced by the city residents.
Corruption in public dealing offices is another bottleneck. The city planners do not form policies keeping in mind future needs of the city. Redtapism is another reason for delay in several projects.
Deputationists are not serious about the city’s welfare. They come here for fixed tenure and enjoy their stay and go back to their home states without doing anything.
DP GAUTAM, via email
Poor planning leads to water, power woes
Water and power demand is going up significantly. While agriculture constitutes 75% of the water consumption, the rest is industrial and domestic consumption.
There are about 87 MGD of water available in Chandigarh. The authorities are exclusively responsible for wastage of estimated 24% of the total that is around 20 million gallons per year, causing a loss of around Rs 10 crore to the MC.
This huge wastage of water can be used to cater to around 48,000 dwelling units. Similarly, owing to poor planning there are frequent scheduled and unscheduled power cuts in southern belt of Chandigarh and in Punjab areas, despite the Punjab government claims of being power surplus.
SK KHOSLA, Chandigarh
Better transmission efficiency to curb power cuts
Chandigarh and areas in its periphery, including SAS Nagar, Zirakpur and Panchkula, face power and water crises.
Modi government may claim of 24*7 water and power supply, but ground reality is different.
Unplanned urbanisation is to be blamed for the spike in the demand of electricity, water and other basic amenities.
SURBHI NEGI, Zirakpur