Corporators unite against stoppage of tanker supply
THE BHOPAL Municipal Corporation (BMC) Commissioner?s order to stop water supply through tankers to the individuals has annoyed the corporators, who have joined hands against the new arrangement. The recommendation of corporators to get a tanker is no more valid after the order.india Updated: May 05, 2006 14:32 IST
THE BHOPAL Municipal Corporation (BMC) Commissioner’s order to stop water supply through tankers to the individuals has annoyed the corporators, who have joined hands against the new arrangement. The recommendation of corporators to get a tanker is no more valid after the order.
The corporators of both the parties – Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Congress – today made all-out efforts to pressurise the Commissioner to rescind the new arrangement. Mayor Sunil Sood also summoned information in this regard today.
In the order issued a couple of days back, the BMC Commissioner had stopped all water supply through tankers to individuals.
However, the fact that the tanker supply is continuing to the VIPs, including ministers and senior Government officers, has increased the anger of corporators.
“We are also elected representatives. If the tankers are being sent to the bungalows of VIPs, why the corporators could not recommend the same?” asked the mayor-in-council member Amir Aqueel, who is in charge of water works department.
The leader of Bharatiya Janata Party corporators group, Ashok Pandey, also said that the arrangement would be opposed, as the corporators have to, after all, resolve problems of the residents.
Pandey said that the arrangement would not be allowed to continue because people are in dire need of water. It is learnt that the BMC chairman Ramdayal Prajapati and Amir Aqueel also talked to the BMC Commissioner registering their protest in this regard. On Wednesday, another mayor-in-council member Mohammed Sarwar had heated exchanges with the BMC Commissioner on this issue.
According to information, several corporators made frantic efforts to get the tanker either for themselves or for the residents of the wards. However, the tankers were not sent and they were told to deposit fee for tanker supply.
On the other hand, the Mayor also held a meeting in this regard and directed the officials that that tankers could be supplied on the recommendation of corporators to a certain limit.
Sood directed the officials that there should not be any supply through tanker for the marriage functions, construction work or the sprinkling in the garden or on the ground. These services should be paid, he added.
Sood directed the BMC additional Commissioner Abhay Bedekar to monitor tanker supply. He also directed to press more drivers for the tanker service.
But relief in slums
THE BHOPAL Municipal Corporation Commissioner’s order has yielded some good results, as the BMC Water Works Department has managed timely supply in slums. Many localities of the City are totally dependent on water supply through tankers.
The BMC has put up plastic tanks or constructed sump-tanks in such areas. These tanks are filled through tankers. There had been pressure on the BMC’s tanker service, as most of the tankers were pressed in the service of VIPs and corporators. There was timely supply of water in such areas during the past two days.
First Published: May 05, 2006 14:32 IST