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Chandan Nagar residents protest water scarcity

THE INDORE Municipal Corporation (IMC) may claim that 800 tankers of water are being supplied everyday to parched localities. But the chain of protest against water shortage negates the Corporation?s assertions.

india Updated: Apr 25, 2006 13:35 IST

THE INDORE Municipal Corporation (IMC) may claim that 800 tankers of water are being supplied everyday to parched localities. But the chain of protest against water shortage negates the Corporation’s assertions.

On Monday it was the turn of Chandan Nagar residents to take to the streets demanding regular water supply. Around 100 inhabitants gathered at Chandan Nagar Square today morning carrying empty earthen pots and vented their anger at being denied their daily quanta of water.

The protestors, including women and children, raised slogans against the IMC and Mayor Dr Uma Shashi Sharma for failing to heed their pleas for water supply through tankers.

“We have no access to piped supply. Borewells in our locality have run dry and the IMC sends a tanker once in about 5 days,” lamented Mohammed Khalil, a resident of Gali No 10.

Repeated requests to the corporator have failed to achieve any results, he added. It is a complaint echoed by other protestors. “My two small kids want to have a bath. But of course it is out of question as there is barely enough water to drink,” says Parvati Devi.

“We have approached both corporators (Chandan Nagar straddles ward number 1 and 2) but have received nothing except assurances so far,” said sexagenarian Ramesh Patidar.

When contacted corporators Shailesh Kumar “Raja” Agnihotri (ward no 1) and Sapna Thakur (ward 2) denied reports of water scarcity in their constituencies. “Four tankers have been deployed in my ward and I personally supervise water supply until 2-3 am.

The protest is the handiwork of mischievous elements,” declared Agnihotri. Sapna Thakur was equally at pains to assert that water through tankers was being supplied regularly to Chandan Nagar localities that formed part of her ward. “There is absolutely no shortage of water here,” she stated emphatically when queried about the protest.

First Published: Apr 25, 2006 13:35 IST