THE CITY faced a severe water crisis due to leakage in the pipeline at Kajauli waterworks here on Wednesday, with the Municipal Corporation pressing into service as many as 50 water tankers to deal with the situation.
Tankers were sent to sectors 2, 7, 10, 34, 35, 37, 38, 16, 22, 23, colony areas and all other southern sectors.
Due to a snag, leakage appeared in one of the pipelines of phase III of Kajauli waterworks in Punjab. Such a situation was experienced for the second time in 45 days. Due to the repair, no pumping of water could take place from Kajauli waterworks to waterworks in Sector 39, Chandigarh.
“Although the MC had issued an alert that there would be low water pressure in the evening, I haven’t got water since morning at my house,” said Amit Sharma, a resident of Sector 37.
The most affected were those residing on the first and the second floors. “There has not been a drop of water since morning. It becomes all the more difficult when it’s a working day. Such a water problem is not expected in a city like Chandigarh,” said Shivani Jindal, a resident of Sector 16.
According to the municipal corporation, there will be low water pressure from 4.30 am to 8.30 am on Thursday as well.
However, a senior MC official said that the supply was likely to get normal by Thursday evening.
Congress councillor Pardeep Chhabra said that the situation had worsened during the last one year. “This is for the first time that such disruptions are taking place frequently. It is such a big corporation and they can’t fix this water problem,” he said.
On July 23-24, the entire system at Kajauli had crashed, leaving the city high and dry. The delivery header of the Kajauli waterworks Phase I and II, maintained by the Punjab Water Supply and Sanitation Division, burst, following which the water flooded the two pump houses that has machinery of Phase I, II, III and IV. Due to this, all the motors and panels installed got submerged in water. As a result of the snag, all the eight motors in the pump houses stopped functioning, leaving the city reeling under water shortage.
These frequent issues are despite the fact that the Chandigarh MC pays Rs 1.6 crore to the public health department of Punjab government as maintenance charges besides Rs 27 crore for the electricity used for pumping water to the city.