Noida: Sector 51 residents complain of dirty water supply
Residents of Sector 51 have claimed that they have been receiving ‘muddy’ and ‘black’ water supply for the last one month and the problem is yet to be fixed despite repeated complaints to the Noida authority.
“For the last one month, we have been receiving a pale, muddy, and at times, black water during the supply hours. Even the pressure of the water supply in the given time slot has been extremely low over the last few weeks,” Sanjeev Kumar, the general secretary of Sector 51 residents’ welfare association, said.
The official water supply hours to sectors of Noida by the authority’s Jal Department, in two shifts, is from 6am to 9am and 6pm to 8pm. However, residents say that they receive water only from 7am to 8am and from 7pm to 8pm, for one hour, every day.
“After half an hour of water supply, we have been noticing that muddy water flows through our taps and the bucket looks pitch black. After some time, the mud settles down and then the colour turns to muddy yellow. We have never received clean, transparent water over the last week,” said Srinivasulu, a resident of F block in Sector 51.
The RWA members claimed that they had complained to the authority officials a month ago after which prompt action was taken. However, the condition has not changed even after repair work by the authority.
“In March, the authority had stopped the supply for two days claiming that they were scrubbing and cleaning our water tank. Nearly 20 days ago, they had cut the line claiming that they intended to flush the impurities present in the pipeline. However, there was no improvement in the water quality,” said Kumar.
Residents have demanded a permanent solution to the problem of muddy water supply, as they are concerned about ill effects on their health. “The Noida authority should not compromise on our health as toxic muddy water can be dangerous in the long run. We demand a permanent solution,” Kumar said.
However, MD Pandey, the project engineer of Jal Department has refuted the allegations saying that the water supply has been muddy only for two to three days.
“We have been providing groundwater to the residents of Sector 51 for the past two-three days and that is the reason behind the muddy supply. From today (Sunday) evening, we will start supplying Gangajal from the Ganga canal in Masuri, Dasna (Ghaziabad), to the sector. We will also flush out all impurities, again, this (Sunday) evening,” Pandey said.