Solve water woes in 10 days, warns Congress

THE CITY unit of Congress party today handed an ultimatum to Mayor Dr Uma Shashi Sharma to streamline water supply within ten days, and added that failure to do so would lead to mass protests.

india Updated: May 04, 2006 00:18 IST

THE CITY unit of Congress party today handed an ultimatum to Mayor Dr Uma Shashi Sharma to streamline water supply within ten days, and added that failure to do so would lead to mass protests.

In a statement issued here the Congress charged IMC with failing to take effective steps to combat water scarcity and turning supply through tankers into a ‘business’.

The entire City is reeling under severe water scarcity and residents are forced to queue up for hours for meagre amounts of water, it added.

The problem is especially severe in slum tenements, where inhabitants are forced to run from pillar to post all day to obtain water for their daily needs. Travellers passing through the City have a tough time with no water either at bus stands or railway station.

Despite these insufferable conditions the IMC has shown no interest in alleviating the water woes of the average resident by strengthening the alternative supply system. Instead, water tankers were being used to supply marriage gardens and for watering the lawns of the high and mighty, the statement charged.

Given these circumstances the Congress would be left with no choice but to take to the streets in the public interest if water supply is not streamlined within ten days.

The statement was signed by Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) vice-president Shivkumar Urmalia, City Congress president Ujagar Singh, Pradesh Mahila Morcha chief Shobha Oza and MLA Ashwin Joshi among others.

First Published: May 04, 2006 00:18 IST