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City facing severe water crisis

ALTHOUGH THE summer is yet to reach its peak in Varanasi, the city dwellers are reeling under severe water crisis here for last the couple of weeks. Reports of inadequate water supply coupled with contaminated drinking water are an order of the day here in the entire district. As a result of the poor water scenario, residents of various localities are bound to take the issue to the streets.

india Updated: Apr 07, 2006 01:08 IST

ALTHOUGH THE summer is yet to reach its peak in Varanasi, the city dwellers are reeling under severe water crisis here for last the couple of weeks.
Reports of inadequate water supply coupled with contaminated drinking water are an order of the day here in the entire district. As a result of the poor water scenario, residents of various localities are bound to take the issue to the streets.

Agitated over the contaminated water supply, around 40 residents of Ranipur and Maduadeeh area torched the effigies of general managers of Purvanchal Power Distribution Corporation Limited and Jal Sansthan here at Maduadeeh Crossing on Thursday.

The irate residents led by Manoj Srivastava, Pankaj Srivastava and Vikas Tiwari said, the entire Ranipur and Maduadeeh area was getting contaminated water since last one week but no serious effort was made to address the problem.
The agitated residents said that around five thousand residents were affected due to this problem.

Executive Engineer at Jal Sansthan BB Srivastava said a team of Jal Sansthan employees was looking into the matter and the residents will get pure water soon. He said leakage of sewage pipe at intersecting points of water and sewage pipes could be the reason behind contaminated water, which the Jal Sansthan employees were investigating.

Mahanagar Congress Committee had staged a dharna at the district headquarters on Wednesday to protest the grim water supply in their ward. A large number of residents had gheraoed the Ramnagar Nagar Palika due to poor water supply in Ramnagar on Wednesday.

Executive engineer at Jal Sansthan, BB Srivastava, said that the ensuing water crisis was due to inadequate power supply. “If the power supply is smooth, then there will be no water crisis in the city,” he said. It may be noted that the city dwellers are getting 12 to 16 hours of power supply now-a-days. Residents apprehend that the crisis would deepen in the days to come.

First Published: Apr 07, 2006 01:08 IST