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Water supply remains disrupted for fifth consecutive day

Several areas of the city received no water for the fifth consecutive day on Tuesday. People with empty receptacles roamed around looking for water for domestic purposes. Widespread resentment among people has also been reported over the non-availability of water. People waited in long queues to get water through tankers. Slums and rural areas were particularly affected. Meanwhile, Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC) is expected to supply water to all areas with full pressure from Wednesday. The BMC has hired three private tankers for this purpose. It has also hired a hydrant. Damage to Kolar conduit pipeline for the third time in recent days and repairs thereof led to no supply of water even on Tuesday. The supply remained stalled for the second day on Tuesday and for the fifth day overall in the last eight or 10 days.

People were angry that water tankers were not sent on time. People have expressed displeasure over the water distribution system. MP Nagar resident Deepak Chandel and member of the local development committee Santosh Nagle were perplexed why the pipeline sustained damage in summers only. They said water was not supplied even in regulation time and no time was set for supply of water. Residents of Saket Nagar echoed similar sentiments. Gopal Saxena, an anguished resident of the area, questioned why no tanker was sent to the area when the municipal corporation had announced about it.

Residents of Ashoka Garden, New Subhash Nagar, Padamnabh Nagar, Mata Mandir, Jawahar Chowk and certain other localities searched frantically for water. A similar crisis was witnessed in Bhim Nagar, where a resident stated that just one water-tanker had visited the area in two weeks.

Supply was made in Arera Colony, Char Imli, 74 Bungalows, Kotra and some other areas at reduced pressure. Taps ran for just ten or 15 minutes in these areas.

Residents said that the BMC will have to improve its functioning. Md Sarwar of the Water Works Department of the corporation said that over a lakh residents of the city are dependent on water supply through tankers, which has
posed a problem in the availability of tankers. The residents said that the corporation would anounce almost everyday that normal supply would resume in a day, but that day has not come.


 
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