CITY RESIDENTS will be reeling under water crisis on Wednesday. For, yet again a technical snag has developed in a pipeline at Kajauli waterworks because of which there will be no pumping of water from the waterworks in Sector 39, Chandigarh.
Water supply for sectors 1 to 12, 14 to 18, 20 A and B, 21 A and B, 22 A and B, part of Sector 25, PGI and Water Supply Colony in Sector 39 will remain affected on Wednesday. Chief Engineer N P Sharma said that the repair would be carried out soon and water supply would be normal from Thursday morning.
According to the Municipal Corporation, the water supply will be normal from 4 am to 8.30 am but it will be affected during evening hours, that is from 6.30 pm to 8.30 pm.
The situation is expected to be the worst in the southern sectors and for those residing on the first and second floors.
These frequent breakdowns have been happening even when 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.
Last year, 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 have 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.
Following frequent breakdowns, the then mayor Arun Sood had spoken to the Punjab government stating that the department concerned was not maintaining the pipelines well and if the Chandigarh MC could take over the maintenance of the pipelines. Talking to Chandigarh Newsline, Mayor Asha Jaswal said, “We have told them so many times but the Punjab government is not cooperating. Ever since the Congress government has taken over, we are facing coordination issues.”
This issue of Chandigarh maintaining the waterworks was also taken up in the House meeting, but in vain.