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A tanker a day for 15 wards

THE INDORE Municipal Corporation (IMC) has decided to provide one tanker everyday to 15 wards hit hardest by water shortage. The tankers will start doing the rounds within the next 2-3 days.

india Updated: Mar 01, 2006 00:39 IST

THE INDORE Municipal Corporation (IMC) has decided to provide one tanker everyday to 15 wards hit hardest by water shortage. The tankers will start doing the rounds within the next 2-3 days.

A decision to this effect was taken at a meeting of the Waterworks Committee headed by Mayor-in-Council incharge Munnalal Yadav.

Banganga, Malharganj, Aerodrome Road and Itwaria Road are among the areas the tankers will cater to during the first phase. All the four areas are going through an acute shortage of water with the last named receiving no supply for the last 15 days.

On the other hand, inhabitants of Aada Bazaar, Pandharinath and Juni Indore are forced to make do with 15 minutes of water supply once in 48 hours.

Residents of these localities have been forced to make endless rounds of their local corporator to get an IMC tanker to visit their locality, usually to no avail.

The dire shortage has forced inhabitants to either hire tankers on a monthly basis for up to Rs 6,000. Those who cannot afford such high payments make do with five buckets of water currently being hawked for Rs 15.

Though unavailable to ordinary residents during the day the vehicles mysteriously appear at night. IMC-owned tankers can be spotted until 2-3 am noisily emptying their contents at upmarket watering holes and, in particular, a posh coffee lounge at MG Road.

Astonishingly, even as large swathes of the City wilt under water scarcity the Corporation has not yet seen it fit to hire private tankers.

To make things worse, not one of the 32-odd IMC-owned tankers can be found at either the control room at Corporation headquarters or at the zone offices.

Parched residents who call the control room asking for water tankers are handed a brusque “Abhi gaadi nahin hai” (there are no tankers available at the moment)