Poor water supply hits Chandigarh residents

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Poor water supply has hit residents in Chandigarh, a pipeline repair work has left the city dry for last three days.

A pipeline repair work is taking place in Mankheri, Pakki Rurki, and Sector 39. The supply was back to normal but it was at a reduced pressure. The affected regions were Attawa, Buterla village, and sectors: 22, 23, 39-42 and from 43-51 (except 49).

Harish Saini an executive engineer from the Municipal Corporation said it happens in summers, repairs need to be carried out and that results in the shutdown of water supply for few hours. “It is just no serious shortage occurs during summer,” he said.

The officials added the machinery were deteriorating and required maintenance work.

The frequent breakdowns have occurred despite the fact that the Municipal Corporation pays Rs 1.6 crore to the Punjab government’s public health department as maintenance charges besides Rs 27 crore needed for electricity used to pump water to the city.

A local resident said,” In the evening as well, the pressure was low. I don’t understand that this situation is there even when summer has not arrived. What will happen when the summer is at its peak.”

Residents in sector 23 did not receive any water the entire day.

In 2016 the entire system at Kajauli waterworks burst. It flooded two nearby pump houses. The motors submerged in the water and stopped functioning. It left the city under a scarcity of water.

Earlier, a former mayor, Arun Sood had said that the concerned department is not maintaining the pipelines and asked the municipal corporation to take over the maintenance work. But nothing happened.

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